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Wrist Pain Causes

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Causes of Wrist Pain


Wrist pain can be cause by any one or several of the following:

  • Arthritis - Osteoarthritis when the bone coverings wear down or deteriorate. This can cause a lot of pain as the bone ends rub together.
  • Arthritis - Rheumatoid is an auto immune disorder often involving inflammation at the wrists. Usually BOTH wrists will be affected at the same time.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Pain occurs when there is increased pressure on the median nerve.
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries - common complaints from sports activities like Bowling,Volley Ball, Tennis, Weight Lifting. Work related injuries like "mousing" or working at the cash register in a grocery store.
  • De Quervain's Tendinosis - ligaments a the base of the thumb are inflamed
  • Sudden Blows or Bangs
  • Muscles strained or stressed
  • Sprains of Ligaments
  • Fractures - "scaphoid" fracture involves a bone on the thumb side of the wrist
  • Kienbock's disease - a collapse of the small bones in the wrist. This progressive condition is a result of poor blood flow to the area.
  • Ganglion Cysts. Varying in size, these spongy and often painful cysts form on the top side of the wrist.

Statistics: More than 3.8 million visits were made to physicians in office-based practices in 2003 because of carpal tunnel syndrome. 1

1 National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2000 (Using all three possible reason-for-visit codes listed; data extracted and analyzed by the AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs.) 2003