Wrist pain can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, especially when it interferes with your daily life. It can be caused by sprains, fractures, arthritis or carpal tunnel. Because there are so many different causes, it can be difficult to determine a treatment plan without a proper diagnosis. Below we take a look at wrist pain symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment.
Pain associated with wrist injuries or other underlying medical conditions can vary depending on the specific cause. For example, carpal tunnel can cause a tingling, pins-and-needles sensation, whereas arthritis is often described as a dull ache. The good news is, the location of your pain can help your doctor determine the root cause of the problem.
However, because wrist pain symptoms are so varied, it can be hard to tell when you should reach out to your doctor. If you have pain or swelling that lasts longer than a few days, or becomes progressively worse, reach out to your physician.
Like we mentioned above, wrist pain is most commonly caused by an injury or an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common causes include:
- Repetitive Stress
- Carpal Tunnel
- Ganglion Cysts
- Kienbock’s Disease
Those most at risk for wrist pain are those who play impact sports, engage in repetitive activities (such as knitting or hairdressing), and those who are pregnant, obese or who have a history of diabetes or arthritis.
Though sudden wrist injuries can’t always be prevented, these tips may help you prevent wrist pain:
- Do what you can to prevent falls: Wear sensible shoes, light your walkways, and remove potential hazards.
- Build up your bone strength: You can help prevent fractures by getting enough calcium (1,000 milligrams per day for most adults).
- Wear wrist-guards during sports such as rollerblading, football and snowboarding.
- Protect your wrist from the daily demands of a desk job. Take breaks away from your computer and keep your wrists relaxed when typing.
Depending on the location and severity of your injury, your doctor will recommend the treatment plan that’s best for your wrist pain. Minor injuries such as a sprain or strain can be treated with rest or ice, while more serious injuries may require pain relievers or physical therapy. In the most severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix a bone fracture, a torn tendon or ligament, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wrist Pain Care at Minivasive Pain
At Minivasive Pain, our mission is to treat the causes of your wrist pain with the highest standards of care and quality. Our experienced team of orthopedic physicians will help determine the underlying cause of your pain, and work to get you back to the joys of life in no time. Plus, we have several locations throughout the Greater Houston Area for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, please call (346) 800-6001 now.
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