Wrist pain often arises from overwork. Anyone who works on the computer for an extended time can get pain from the cramped position of the wrist. Serious basis of pain in the hand or wrist include injuries to bones, tendons or ligaments. A variety of diseases may initiate pain in the wrist joint. Read everything you need to know about wrist pain here.
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Wrist pain: Major causes
Wrist pain may have different causes. They often occur after an accident – for example after a fall on the hand while doing sports. In other cases, there is often inflammation of joint wear.
- Band and disc injuries
- Other reasons for Wrist or hand pain:
- Carpal Tunnel (Disease)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Common types of wrist pain
1. Injury and Fracture
Injuries (e.g. during sports or a fall) often lead to pain in the wrist. These include, for example, broken bones including ligament and disc injuries.
If the hand suddenly falls, the spoke near the wrist-bone may break. This wrist pain occurs with “wrist fracture “(distal radius fracture) is particularly noticeable when you turn your hand outwards or your forearm. In addition, the wrist can swell, become immobile and show a visible mal-position.
2. Band and disc injuries
The pain in the wrist is particularly evident when you support yourself with the affected hand or when you move or turn the wrist. The mobility of the wrist is limited due to pain. The affected joint can also swell.
Injury to the ULNAR disc also causes pain in the wrist. It is a cartilage disc that lies between the ulna and the carpal bones. It can tear in the event of an accident. A typical sign of a disc rupture is pain on the elbow (little finger side) of the wrist.
In the elderly, the cartilage disk fibrils. This can also lead to the typical pain on the little finger side of the wrist.
As discussed earlier Acute or continual inflammation of the tendon sheaths in the wrist can also cause wrist pain. Especially in older people, rheumatoid arthritis usually triggers inflammation.
Types of wrist pain relief:
Different treatment methods for different wrist pain issues are given below:
Generally, Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated conservatively by immobilizing the wrist and injecting cortisone if necessary. Only if conservative therapy does not help or if wrist pain has existed for months does surgery have to be carried out?
- In an event where you suffer from wrist aches from sports then its recommended choosing reliable wrist support.
- In the event of a wrist fracture (distal radius fracture), the broken bone is usually correctly restored (repositioned) under general anesthesia and then immobilized in a plaster splint for several weeks.
- Even those with a SCAPHOID fracture generally have to wear a plaster cast for a while.
In early-stage LUNATE MALACIA, the wrist is immobilized. Surgery is required in advanced stages.
- If a disc tear is responsible for the pain in the wrist, the cartilage disc must be sewn.
- In contrast, conservative treatment is usually sufficient for wear-related (degenerative) disc damage. The affected wrist is cooled and immobilized. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also used. If this does not improve the pain in the wrist, the disc can be surgically removed.
Tips and exercises for wrist pain
Pain in the wrist often indicates an overload. Anyone who works a lot with the mouse on the computer knows the typical, cramped position of the wrist. This can lead to permanent pain in the wrist, which in some cases radiates up to the arm and shoulder. One speaks then of RSI syndrome (Repetitive Strain Injury) or simply “mouse hand”. This can lead to complications such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- You can do something yourself to prevent or relieve existing wrist pain. Regular breaks during computer work can help, for example, in which you deliberately loosen and relax your wrists. For example, using these exercises:
- Extend your arms straight in front of you. Then clench your fists with your thumbs outside and stay in this position for about 10 seconds. Then spread your fingers for 10 seconds as well.
- Extend the arm of your mouse hand straight in front of you. Tilt the wrist so that the fingers of the hand point vertically upwards. With your other hand, press your fingers toward your chest for about 10 seconds.
- With the thumb of your mouse hand, touch the tips of the index, middle, ring and little fingers of the same hand one after the other. Then repeat the exercise in reverse order.
- You can repeat these exercises several times as needed.
- If there is a pain in the wrist, it can also help to use the computer mouse with the other hand in between or to use an ergonomic mouse or a wheelbarrow mouse. Even yoga is a good tip.
Why does my wrist hurt all of a sudden?
If the wrist hurts all of a sudden, this may be a sign of wrist injury or weaker bones. You need to consult your doctor and act accordingly. However, there may be other things causing the pain which had been already discussed.
Can you get cancer in your wrist?
Cancers or Malignant tumors are very rare in the hand and wrist. However, with benign growths, there is sometimes an inherited disease or an accumulation in the family, the cause of malignant tumors can usually not be determined. Harmful influences can include radiation or protracted inflammation. Sometimes a hand tumor is also a metastasis (daughter tumor) that has moved from another part of the body.
There are soft tissue tumors and bone and cartilage tumors on the hand. Examples of soft tissue tumors:
- Mucoid cyst
- Giant cell tumor
- Rheumatoid nodules
Why does my wrist hurt when I bend down?
If the wrist hurts especially when pressure or bending, this can indicate rheumatoid arthritis (“rheumatism”). The joint can then only be moved to a limited extent. Swollen finger joints are also typical of rheumatoid arthritis. However other common causes of such type of pain are already discussed.
Wrist pain is a common issue but it should not be ignored as it may lead to severe consequences. Proper treatment with consultation from the doctor should be done in a timely manner in order to get rid of this issue.