Wrist and Hand Pain
Wrist pain is an extremely common problem and has many possible causes. If you have wrist or hand pain that persists beyond a few days, and / or experience problems using your hand or arm, it is important to seek professional medical attention so that an accurate assessment and diagnosis can be made.
One of the most common causes of wrist and hand pain is acute traumatic fracture, usually resulting from a fall on an outstretched hand, sporting accident or overuse. Typical injuries include fractures of the radius, ulna or scaphoid bone and damage to an inter-carpal ligament.
Other common causes of wrist and hand pain include tendonitis – inflammation of the tendon sheath; wrist sprain – injury to the ligaments around the wrist joint; carpal tunnel syndrome – dysfunction of one of the nerves in the wrist; ganglion cysts – a benign, fluid-filled swelling that occurs on the back of the hand or wrist; and various types of arthritis.
Some further medical conditions that can cause wrist and hand pain:
- Brachial nerve palsy
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- De Quervain’s Disease
- Mallet finger
- Writer’s cramp
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Corticosteroid injections
- Surgery – if symptoms persist
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