Causes of Wrist Pain

Your wrist is a complex apparatus comprised of eight small bones lined in two rows between the bones in your hand and the bones in your forearm. Combine that with ligaments that connect your wrist bones together and to your hand and arm bones, it’s not wonder that wrist pain is a common complaint heard by almost every hand specialist.

Origin of Wrist Pain

Injuries, arthritis, and other types of conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and ganglion cysts are common types of ailments that cause wrist painSprains, strains, and fractures are frequent wrist injuries when you fall forward and land on your wrist or when you experience a sudden impact to your wrist. Tendonitis and bursitis may also causes wrist pain accompanied by swelling and bruising.

In addition, wrist injuries can occur as a result of repetitive wrist motion, whether its from typing on a keyboard or playing tennis. The former can result in carpal tunnel syndrome, which involves increased pressure on the median pain, leading to pain, numbness, and sometimes weakness, and can be treated by a hand doctor.

As we grow older, arthritis can take its toll on the wrist. The two main types of arthritis that affects the wrists are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis of the wrist, though, is rare, unless a past injury has occurred.

Large ganglion cysts, or soft tissue cysts on the wrist, can also cause wrist pain, although smaller ganglion cysts are often painless.

Some types of wrist pain can be treated at home with ice, heat, over-the-counter medications, elevation, and/or wearing a splint. However, depending on your type of injury or condition severity, you may need to seek treatment from a hand doctor. Most wrist conditions can be successfully treated with injections, therapy, and splinting. Persistent wrist pain also requires an evaluation by a hand specialist. Other conditions, like severe carpal tunnel or extensive cartilage tears may require help from a hand surgeon for hand surgery treatment.

If you are experiencing wrist pain, call the Florida Hand Center to speak to a hand specialist today.

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