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Wrist pain


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Wrist pain is nothing uncommon. There are several reasons behind wrist pain that you need to check out. The severity of the pain would obviously depend on the underlying complexity in the bones, muscles or the tendons.


What are the symptoms associated?

The pain could be thumping or throbbing in nature. You may not want to move your wrist due to stiffness. Swelling, soreness and warming can also accompany wrist pain. 

Numbing pain, tingling sensation might also be experienced. It can spread to your palm, fingers or move upwards to hands, shoulder and neck. If you have a fracture, sprain or injury in the wrist then the pain would be excruciating.


What causes wrist pain?

Wrist pain can arise from overuse of wrist and hands, stress in muscles, injury or due to inflammatory conditions. Following are the medical conditions that cause wrist pain. 

  • Repetitive stress: It’s a condition that arises from continuous motion of the wrist. It’s also known as repetitive motion syndrome and it common in people who play tennis, badminton, etc.
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome develop with continuous use of mouse and writer’s cramp from overdose of writing or typing.
  • Injury in tendons, tension is muscle (lifting heavy objects), injury or wrist fracture, etc.
  • Inflammation of tendon on the side of thumb- De Quervain's disease, ganglion cysts.
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, gout, pseudo gout, fibromyalgia, etc.


When to see doctor?

If the pain goes off with home remedies and pain killers, then you might not see doctor. Seek medical help immediately if you had an accident, fall or injury. You must also consult an orthopaedic surgeon on experiencing abnormal symptoms like soreness, warmth, tingling, etc.


Diagnosis of wrist pain

Your doctor will evaluate the symptoms of wrist pain and ask you if you had an injury now or before or any kind of infection.

You will need to undergo an X ray, quite obviously and CT scan. A bone scan might also be suggested to get a better view of underlying complication in the bone.

Just like endoscopy, arthroscopy is also a technique that might be recommended if your doctor is not satisfied with the aforementioned diagnostic test reports. 

Problems in nerve coordination can be detected with electromyogram test.


Treatment for wrist pain

Pain arising from overuse of wrist, inflammation or minor injury can be solved with OTC pain killers and NSAIDs.

Surgery might be recommended for nerve disorders, wear and tear in ligaments or tendons and fractures.

Apart from these, you doctor would recommend some physiotherapy exercises for alleviating wrist pain. This also helps to deal with arthritis and fibromyalgia pain.


Home care for wrist pain

Take break from your activities like playing, typing, writing or lifting. Rest your hands and wrist until the pain disappears

Ace bandage and braces eliminate pain arising from repetitive strain injuries. You can get it from your doctor or from a medical shop

Take alternate compress with crushed ice or cold water and warm water

You can also take help from an acupuncture therapist for long term relief from wrist pain

Listen to your doctor’s advice, perform the exercises and most importantly be careful to avoid injuries.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: March 01, 2014

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