What are the Most Common Causes of Wrist Pain?

Wrist pain is a common condition to experience. There are many diseases and medical conditions that might be the source of the pain in your wrist area. Your hand specialist may look to see if any of the following causes are prevalent.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Of the more common reasons to experience pain in your wrist joint is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a type of repetitive motion injury you might get from typing, holding firmly onto a steering wheel, or using a cash register all day long. That said, many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are simply congenital.

The condition causes not just pain, but numbness, tingling, and burning of the wrist, fingers, thumb, and palm. It may also radiate up your forearm in more severe cases. With carpal tunnel syndrome, the thumb muscles can become weak, so you may notice that gripping onto objects is more difficult.


Of course, injury of the hand, arm, or wrist can definitely cause pain in the wrist. Even if your injury was not of the wrist joint itself, because your wrist helps you hand and arm to function together, if you injured your hand, your wrist experiences inflammation and swelling as a result. Sprains and strains are common injuries that might end up requiring hand surgery.


You should be aware of the possibility of having arthritis, since this joint condition can cause pain in your wrist. Arthritis causes stiffness, pain, and inflammation of the joint. You can have it in one joint or multiple joints. Your hand doctor will examine you and perform tests if he suspects arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, could be the source of your wrist pain.


You might have a cyst of your wrist that is causing you pain and discomfort. The most common type of cyst to have in the wrist is called a ganglion cyst. This cyst is usually located in the middle of the wrist close to the palm. If you have a ganglion cyst, you’ll see and feel a bump sticking out, which can be more prevalent when bending your wrist forward.

Ganglion cysts are usually soft to the touch and might feel spongy or move slightly when touching them.  They are not serious, though they do tend to cause pain. Splinting the wrist is one treatment form for ganglion cysts, and in some cases, your ganglion cysts might need drained with a needle. Ganglion cysts located on the finger or wrist can be removed at the Florida Hand Center under local anesthesia. However, ganglion cysts of the wrist usually require outpatient surgery in the hospital.

Contact us here at the Florida Hand Center if you have wrist pain as it is likely you have a condition that can be treated.