Common Injuries: Wrist Pain
Wrist pain refers to any discomfort or pain that you might feel in the wrist. As with other joint pain, there are many causes, so figuring out why your wrist hurts isn’t always an easy matter.
Common Causes of Wrist Pain
First of all, as with any joint, your pain may come from overuse as a result of your job, hobby, or lifestyle, and most of these cases can be rectified with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and icing the joint as needed. However, there are other causes of wrist pain that may be more complicated to deal with.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – If you feel aching, tingling, burning, or numbness in the palm, thumb, fingers, or wrist, you may want to consult one of our orthopedic surgeons about whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome. The thumb may become weak, making it hard for you to grasp things, and pain might radiate up to your elbow.
Arthritis – There are different types of arthritis, all of which can affect the wrist. Some occur with aging or overuse, but infectious arthritis is considered a medical emergency. Signs of infectious arthritis include recent illness, fever over 100F, and redness and warmth in the wrist.
Gout – This occurs when your body produces too much uric acid. This acid forms crystals in the joints when it isn’t properly expelled in urine.
Psuedogout – Similar to gout, calcium deposits in your joints. This causes pain, redness, and swelling.
As mentioned above, most cases of wrist pain can be treated with general care such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. If necessary, wear a splint for a few days. These can usually be purchased from drugstores and pharmacies. In more severe cases, seek the help of a physical therapist to learn strengthening exercises that are safe for your wrist.
If you are concerned that you may have gout, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Trinity Orthopedics to see what our doctors can do to help you.