Wrist Pain Treatment Questions and Answers
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The wrists are complex joints that connect the forearms to the hands. They enable several important functions that are fundamental to our day-to-day lives, including writing, eating, drinking, and driving. Because the wrists are used all throughout the day, they can be subjected to wear and tear, which can result in pain and limited range of motion. They can also cause pain when injured, which can limit its strength and mobility. Fortunately, there are medical professionals who dedicate their practice to treating wrist pain and can help their patients restore form and function to these important joints.
How Do I Know If My Wrist Pain Is Serious?
Most cases of wrist pain are minor and heal on their own without medical intervention. However, sometimes it can be more serious, and should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Serious signs and symptoms include:
- Recent trauma to the wrist
- Inability to twist the wrist or grab items
- Wounds on the wrist
- Severe pain
- Pain that does not respond to treatment
- Pain that lasts longer than two weeks
- Warmth, redness, and swelling in the wrist
- Visible deformities in the wrist joint
What Can Cause Wrist Pain Without Injury?
While many cases of wrist pain are caused by a sudden injury, it can also occur from gradual wear and tear and different medical conditions. These include:
- Repetitive Stress
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ganglion Cysts
- Kienbock’s Disease
Why Do My Wrists Hurt So Much?
There are several reasons why an individual may be experiencing wrist pain, from soft tissue injuries to degenerative conditions, including:
- Wrist Sprain: Tough, fibrous tissues that control the motion around a joint, the ligaments of the wrist can become stretched beyond their normal limits, which is known as a sprain. This often occurs after an injury, such as when falling and bracing the weight of the body with the hands.
- Wrist Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons is known as tendonitis, which can affect any of these connective tissues. Wrist tendonitis can develop when one or more tendons become inflamed, which causes a dull, aching pain, along with morning stiffness and, sometimes, mild swelling or warmth.
- Wrist Tenosynovitis: The term “tenosynovitis” is often used interchangeably with “tendonitis,” and while these two conditions are distinct, they often cause the same symptoms.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Affecting 7.8 percent of American workers, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common wrist conditions in the United States. In most cases, it results from dysfunction of one of the nerves in the wrist, and can cause pain, tenderness, discomfort and limited range of motion.
- Wrist Fracture: A wrist fracture is a common orthopedic injury and occurs when one of the bones in the wrist breaks. It is more common in people with osteoporosis, as this condition is marked by bone weakness and lack of bone density.
- Arthritis: There are a few different types of arthritis that may affect the wrist, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), gout arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) and septic bacterial arthritis.
- Ganglion Cyst: Ganglion cysts are benign, fluid-filled capsules that cause swelling and/or pain and can occur along any tendon sheath, including the wrists.
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Also known as ulnar neuropathy, cubital tunnel syndrome results when the ulnar nerve (also known as the funny bone nerve) is compressed.
- Carpal Boss: Carpal bosses are firm, immovable bumps on the back of the hand/wrist, and are created by a small area of osteoarthritis occurring at the junction of the wrist bones.
How can I relieve wrist pain?
There are many ways to relieve wrist pain, from at-home remedies to medical treatments. At-home remedies often include gentle stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, hot and cold therapy, and over-the-counter pain-relievers. If these treatments fail to provide relief, it is imperative to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible. They may prescribe physical therapy and perform other pain-relieving treatments to help improve the pain.
Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating wrist pain with a variety of different therapies and can help you find relief so you can live your life without worrying about wrist pain. We have six locations to better serve you: in Bradenton, FL; Dunedin, FL; Englewood, FL; Port Charlotte, FL; Sarasota, FL; and Venice, FL. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Memphis FL, Dunedin FL, Cortez FL and Port Charlotte, FL.
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