Other Names for this Disease
- Kienbock disease
- Bilateral Kienbock's disease
- Aseptic necrosis of the lunate bone
- Osteochondritis of the lunate bone
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The primary means of nonsurgical treatment of Kienbock's disease involve immobilization and anti-inflammatory medications. The wrist may be immobilized through splinting or casting over a period of two to three weeks. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can help to relieve pain and reduce swelling. If the pain continues after these conservative treatments, your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic or hand surgeon for further evaluation.
Last updated: 8/16/2011
- Divelbiss BJ, Baratz ME. Kienbock Disease. eMedicine. 2010; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1241882-overview. Accessed 8/16/2011.
- Kienbock's Disease. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. October 2007; http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00017. Accessed 8/16/2011.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- Orphanet lists European clinical trials, research studies, and patient registries enrolling people with this condition.