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Free Information on Wrist and Hand

About this information


The information available from the links below is reliable, easy-to-read (plain English) and, in some cases, easily avaialble for print. This information is recommended by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Orthoinfo, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons page for patients, is here. Their information is listed in the left column. 

Orthoanswer, a web site developed for patients by a fellow Australian orthopaedic surgeon, is here. Their information is in the column on the right.

NHS Choice, the website of the National Health Service in the UK, is here. Their information is in the column at the bottom of the page.

 To use this page
  • Look for the injury, disease, condition or treatment you would like information on

  • Click in the link

  • For example - for trigger finger scroll down to the "diseases and conditions" section, find "trigger finger", and click on the link.


Alternatively use the "search" or "find" feature in your browser to locate the word or phrase you are looking for on this page.

The default/usual keys to press to find things in most web browser is Ctrl+F.

Some basic information on spines is available from the AAOS here.


Any/all patients being considered for surgery will be shown this information as part of their "informed consent" process.

Orthoinfo (AAOS)


Breaks, Injuries, Diseases and Conditions


Adult Forearm Fractures

Arthritis of the Hand

Arthritis of the Thumb

Arthritis of the Wrist

Boutonnière Deformity

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Animation

Compartment Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Congenital Hand Differences

De Quervain's Tendinosis

Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)

Dupuytren's Disease

Finger Fractures

Fingertip Injuries and Amputations

Flexor Tendon Injuries

Forearm Fractures in Children

Ganglion Cyst of the Wrist and Hand

Growth Plate Fractures

Hand Fractures

Joint Replacement Infection

Kienböck's Disease

Lawn Mower Injuries in Children

Mallet Finger (Baseball Finger)

Nerve Injuries


Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist

Sprained Thumb

Thumb Fractures

Trigger Finger

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist

Wrist Sprains


Treatments & Surgeries


Before and After Total Joint Replacement

Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

Pregnancy and X-rays

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery


Total Joint Replacement

Total Joint Replacement: Questions Patients Should Ask Their Surgeon

What is a Hand Surgeon?

Wrist Arthroscopy

Wrist Joint Replacement (Wrist Arthroplasty)

Staying healthy


Bone Health Basics

Football Injury Prevention

Golf Injury Prevention

Guidelines for Preventing Falls

Gymnastics Injury Prevention

Halloween Safety Tips

Healthy Bones at Every Age

Hockey Injury Prevention

Lawn Mower Safety

Osteoporosis Prevention

Prevent Snow Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries

Volleyball Injury Prevention

Orthoanswer (AOA)​


Broken Bones and Injuries


Distal Radius Fracture

Scaphoid Fractures

Wrist Fractures

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