What is the initial treatment for lunotriquetral tears?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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The initial treatment for all acute lunotriquetral tears should include immobilization for 6-8 weeks. Patients with chronic tears or dissociation and those whose injuries do not respond to conservative treatment are candidates for surgery. If the tear is then stable, arthroscopic debridement is recommended. If the lunotriquetral ligament is unstable, reconstruction or lunotriquetral arthrodesis is the preferred treatment.


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