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Pain in wrist cannot be bothersome but also can affect your day to day activities. Wrist is an important part of the body which bridges both hand and arm. It is one among the most complex joints of body. Our wrist plays crucial role in all the physical moments we do with our hands like writing, playing, eating, lifting and others and wrist pain affects all these above activities. One can develop wrist pain due to injuries and several chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and so on. People with wrist pain may experience few symptoms like swelling, stiffness, clicking sound when moving the wrist, tingling and facing trouble in holding or lifting objects. Severity of the pain and symptoms vary depending on the cause of pain like injuries and other chronic conditions.

Causes of Wrist Pain

What causes wrist pain?

We develop pain in wrist as a result of several chronic disorders and injuries. Here is the list of few common wrist pain causes

  • Injuries (due to fractures, accidents or sport injuries)
  • Repetitive actions or stress
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Wrist strains or sprains
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Cysts developed on wrist (ganglion cyst)
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries

Myths and facts about wrist pain

There are several myths and facts surrounding wrist pain like

  • Myth– Wrist only gets affected due to carpal tunnel syndrome
    Fact– Along with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), our wrist also gets affected with several factors like injuries, arthritis and others. CTS is a risk factor for wrist pain.
  • Myth– Usage of keyboard and typing can cause wrist pain
    Fact– As we all know that, repetitive actions and increased stress on wrist can lead to pain in wrist and usage of keyboard alone cannot cause wrist pain, whereas it can trigger the risk.
  • Myth– If you can move your wrist it is not broken.
    Fact– Many people think that, they can move their wrist and hence it is not fractured and tend to neglect the pain. It is not true, do not neglect your injury, consult the specialist and get it diagnosed. A sprain and fracture look alike, in both the conditions, people experience pain and swelling.

When to consult a specialist?

Increased pressure and stress on wrist can cause wrist pain in few people. You should consult a specialist if the wrist pain continues for a longer period and when you have severe pain and can’t even handle simple hand movements even after resting. Your doctor after diagnosing your condition offers treatment and also suggests few wrist pain relief exercises, applying cold and hot compresses and so on depending on your condition. Consult your specialist immediately if you have fever along with redness and warmness around your wrist, as it can be due to a serious condition called infectious arthritis. Do not neglect the pain and delay your treatment, as it can lead to poor recovery and also can also alter the range of motion and lead to long term disability.