5 causes of wrist pain

Top 5 Wrist Pain Causes

The top 5 wrist pain causes are Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis/tendinopathy, fractures and sprains or strains. Wrist pain is common, not just in sport but also if you work in an office. Knowing why you get pain in the wrist is the first step in becoming pain free. Here are five common causes of wrist pain:

1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel, becomes compressed or irritated. This can lead to wrist pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand.

Recommended support:  Carpal tunnel wrist brace and Advanced Compression Wrist Brace 

2. Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendons join bone to bone so are essential for movement. Overuse or repetitive motions can lead to tendinitis in the wrist, causing pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion.

Recommended support: Neoprene Wrist Wrap or Advanced Compression Wrist Brace (depending on severity and whether acute or chronic).

Neoprene Wrist Wrap support
Neoprene Wrist Wrap

3. Wrist Sprain or Strain

A wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments in the wrist are stretched or torn. This often occurs in sport from a sudden twist or fall. A wrist strain involves overstretching or tearing of the muscles or tendons in the wrist. Both result in pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the wrist.

Recommended support: Neoprene Wrist Wrap and Advanced Compression Wrist Support.

4. Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are both chronic joint conditions, but they differ in several key ways. OA primarily results from wear and tear on the joints, causing the cartilage that cushions them to break down over time. It typically affects older individuals and is often localized to specific joints.

In contrast, RA is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks the membranes that surround the joints. This leads to inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint damage throughout the body, often affecting multiple joints simultaneously. RA can occur at any age and can have systemic effects on organs and tissues beyond the joints.

Recommended support: Neoprene Wrist Wrap

5. Fractures or Trauma

Wrist fractures or trauma, such as a fall on an outstretched hand, can lead to severe wrist pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, there may be visible deformities, swelling, bruising, and difficulty using the wrist. If you suspect a fracture then seek medical attention immediately. You will likely need an X-ray to confirm.

Other causes

Other potential causes of wrist pain may include ganglion cysts, nerve entrapment, repetitive stress injuries, and systemic diseases like lupus or gout. If you're experiencing persistent or severe wrist pain, it's important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They may recommend imaging studies or other tests to determine the underlying cause of your wrist pain.

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