Meet a doctor who says many people with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome may be misdiagnosed. He discovered a new type of injury that's impacting professional and everyday athletes.
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Discovering a New Source of Wrist Pain Melissa Medalie: What does this woman have in common with a pro baseball player? They both had a mysterious risk injury that threatened to take them away from their favorite games. Barbara Metcalf: It was just a persistent, aching, occasional sharp pain. Melissa Medalie: Barbara Metcalf found a solution when she found Doctor Richard Berger. Richard Berger: Up until several years ago, I didn’t know that this condition existed. This doesn’t show up on a plain x-ray at all. It doesn’t show up on CT scan. Melissa Medalie: Doctor Berger discovered what is now known as a UT tear, the ligament that runs from the lower arm to the pinky side of the hand twist and splits down the middle. Richard Berger: Many of them have gone from physician to physician. Melissa Medalie: He developed a minimally invasive surgery to cure the wrist pain. He makes three small holes and inserts an arthroscope and razor to shave down the inflamed tissue then he puts stitches across the ligament. Richard Berger: We simply pull them tight and as we do so, it folds the ligament back up into its normal position. Melissa Medalie: It is a discovery Philadelphia Phillies Jayson Werth credits with saving his career. Jayson Werth: To go from where I came from and now through a few years later be a world champion. Melissa Medalie: Barbara says the surgery saved her retirement plans. And wait until you hear about her first swing after surgery. Barbara Metcalf: It just made a beautiful ark and then it came down and made one bounce and went into the cup. I got a hole in one. Melissa Medalie: I'm Melissa Medalie reporting.

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