Suffering from Wrist Pain?
The wrist is a rather complex joint which connects your hand to your forearm. The wrist contains 8 bones, and their associated ligaments, and also the surrounding nerves and tendons which support the functioning of the fingers and hands. Wrist pain can be caused by a wide variety of wrist injuries and conditions.
Causes of Wrist Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which results from the dysfunction of any of the wrist nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve gets pinched or compressed at the wrist as it passes through the wrist joint. You might feel a tingling, aching, burning, and numbness in your wrist, fingers, thumbs, or palm. Your thumb muscles may become weak making it rather difficult for you to grasp or hold things. Sometimes the pain may go all the up to your elbows.
Some of the most common conditions which are linked with CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) include; High blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis., fluid retention from menopause or pregnancy, trauma or fractures on the wrist, among others.
Injuries: Wrist pain can result from swelling and bruising on the wrist, strains, sprains, bursitis, tendinitis and broken wrist.
Arthritis: Arthritis can lead to wrist pain, and can make it rather difficult to perform normal activities.
Pseudogout: This occurs when calcium gets deposited in your joints, which in turn causes pain, swelling and redness. The knees and the wrists are usually the most affected.
Signs and Symptoms of Wrist Pain
- Inability to use the arm, or carry objects.
- An injury which causes joint deformity.
- Tingling, numbness and pain in the thumb, and first 3 fingers.
- A pain and a burning sensation which travels up the arm.
- Wrist pain that occurs night and interferes with your sleep.
- Weakness in the hand muscles.
- Chronic wrist pain.
- Inability to flex or straighten the wrist joint.
- Swelling or bruising around the wrist joint or forearm.
- Signs of an infection including redness, and fever.