This article will give a short introduction to common causes of wrist pain. Pain in the wrist is something that many people have. Wrist pain is associated with several disorders varying from an innocent injury to severe injury. Accurate diagnosis is very important to direct appropriate treatment. Common causes of wrist pain are:
One of the disorders that causes swelling and pain in the wrist is Tendonitis. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon sheath. Treatment is aimed to fight the inflammation and consists of anti inflammatory medication. Usually Tendonitis does not require surgery, only in severe occasions.
Sprains are causing problems in the functioning of the hand. When you have a sprain you are having troubles using your hands properly.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When there is an obstruction of the median nerve this results in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Dysfunction of this nerve leads to pain sensations in the thumb and wrist, and a tingling feeling in the fingers.
Arthritis is a lessening of cartilage in the joints. this results in several symptoms associated with Arthritis. Fortunately there are some treatments that will give pain relief. There is not yet a cure for this disorder.
A Ganglion is a cyst filled with fluid that occurs on the back of the wrist or hand. They are benign, which means they are not severe. However, they can grow in size and obstruct certain nerves which causes wrist pain or pain in the fingers.
Orthopedic injury is probably the most common cause of wrist pain. Treatment consist of the placing of a cast on the wrist so it can safely heal. In rare occasions there is need for surgery to place the bones in the correct position.
When should you seek medical attention? If you are not entirely sure of the causes of wrist pain than you should consult your doctor. When you notice one of the following signs than you should always ask your doctor for a consult.
* When you are not able to carry objects or use your arm at all
* Severe injury that has caused a deformity in the joint.
* When you have pain in the wrist when you are resting/ not doing anything
* When you have pain for several days
* When you are not able to straighten the joint
* When you have a fever next to the wrist pain
* Unusual symptoms that you never have had before without knowing the cause.