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
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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.
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.
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.
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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 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.