There is no complete cure for Kienböck’s disease, but there are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. The goals of treatment is to relieve pressure on the lunate and/or to restore blood flow to the bone.
In the initial stages of the disease, pain and swelling may be managed with anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. A doctor may recommend a splint or cast for 2 to 3 weeks or immobilizing the wrist can also help relieve pressure on the lunate.
It is important to monitor any changes in symptoms during the early stage of Kienböck’s disease; if the pain is not relieved with medication or non-surgical treatment options, a doctor may recommend surgery.
There are several surgical options for treating Kienböck’s disease. The choice of procedure will depend on several factors, including:
- How far the disease has progressed.
- Patient’s activity level.
- Surgeon’s experience with the procedure