Here’s Why You Could Be Experiencing Wrist Pain
Wrist pain is typically caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. But it can also be the result of a long-term problem, such as repetitive stress, carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. Because there are many factors that can lead to wrist pain, determining the exact cause can be difficult. Still, it’s worth getting an accurate diagnosis so that you can work with your pain management doctor to determine the best treatment method.
Below are some of the most common reasons why you might be experiencing wrist pain. Be sure to discuss these possibilities with your doctor so that you can get the most effective treatment.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This common hand problem causes numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the hands and wrist. The condition happens when the space (carpal tunnel) in the wrist narrows. This presses down on the median nerve and tendons, causing them to swell. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often treated with lifestyle changes like wearing a splint and getting steroid injections. Sometimes surgery is required to relieve pressure.
Another common cause of wrist pain is tendinitis, which is when the tendons get irritated and swell. When this happens, it causes pain with movement. One of the most common forms of tendinitis is de Quervain’s tendinitis, which affects the tendons near your thumb. Treatment typically involves medication, physical therapy, rest, RICE method and splinting.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones deteriorates. When the bones rub together, you can experience a great deal of pain,swelling and stiffness. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the hands, neck, back, knees and hips. Doctors generally treat osteoarthritis with medication, physical therapy and self-care. In some cases, joint replacement is necessary.
Gout is a type of arthritis that inflames the joints, making them tender, painful and swollen. It happens when too much uric acid builds up in your bloodstream. This causes tiny crystals to form in the joints and soft tissue. Often, the affected joints are warm to the touch. Treatment for gout includes medication and lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise and decreased alcohol consumption.
A ganglion cyst can look troubling, but it’s not dangerous. However, it can cause a great deal of discomfort. This type of cyst is non-cancerous, but it’s filled with fluid and can put pressure on your wrist joints and tendons, causing numbness, achiness and tingling. Treatment may include wearing a brace or splint, aspirating the cyst or surgically removing the cyst.
Another type of arthritis that can cause wrist pain is rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is different from osteoarthritis in that it’s caused from chronic inflammation and not natural aging. RA is an autoimmune disorder that can cause painful swelling and stiffness. Because this is an inflammatory condition, treatment options include various medications like biologics and physical therapy.
If you are experiencing wrist pain, it’s important to contact your pain management doctor to understand the cause of the discomfort and the best ways to treat it. Schedule an appointment with Jersey Rehab to learn more about the innovative ways we treat wrist pain, including PRP injections, stem cell therapy and steroid injections.