What is wrist pain?

Wrist pain is any pain or discomfort that occurs in the wrist. The wrist contains many small bones, cartilage, muscles, blood vessels, and tendons, and is particularly susceptible to injury. Wrist pain is commonly caused by inflammation or injury but may also arise from an infection or a tumor on the wrist.

Wrist Pain Spotlight

Common inflammatory causes of wrist pain include arthritis and gout. Common wrist injuries include repetitive use injuries, sports injuries, fractures, and sprains or strains. Problems with the nervous system, such as pinched nerves, may also contribute to wrist pain.

Treatments for wrist pain depend on the cause of the wrist pain. In mild cases, wrist pain may go away with time. Home remedies, such as cold compresses, and over-the-counter medications may alleviate your wrist pain if it is mild. In more serious cases, you may require prescription medication or physical therapy for your wrist pain. Serious cases of wrist pain may be caused by a condition that requires surgery.

The likelihood of wrist pain resolving depends on the cause. Following the advice of your medical professional can help ensure the best possible outcome.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have wrist pain accompanied by serious symptoms, including excessive bleeding; deformity of the hand, fingers or wrist; paralysis; or a high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit).

If your wrist pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with wrist pain?

Wrist pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about wrist painsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes wrist pain?

Wrist pain is caused by damage to the muscles, tendons, bones, or other tissues that make up the wrist joint. Generally, wrist pain is caused by inflammation or injury, such as a blow to the elbow or repetitive use injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist pain may also be caused by an infection, growth, nervous condition, or even cancer.... Read more about wrist paincauses

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This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles


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