Patients suffering from sore wrists or sore hands often cite a sprain or injury as the origin of the pain. But sore hands can also occur gradually for other reasons such as stress, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The exact cause of wrist soreness will determine how the pain will manifest. Sore hands caused by osteoarthritis will feel more like a dull ache, while a nerve condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome will lead to a fuzzy, pins-and-needles feeling, especially at night.
What Causes Sore Wrists?
Anyone can suffer from sore hands or wrists, but some factors will increase your likelihood:
- Playing Sports. Sports that involve a “snapping” motion of the wrist when throwing a ball, or rough sports that involve tackling and falling down, can increase the chance of wrist or hand injury.
- Repetitive Motions. If you perform repetitive hand motions daily for work or hobbies, the wrists can wear down over time causing pain.
- Other Conditions. Pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and gout can all increase the chance of developing Carpal Tunnel and hand soreness.
How Can I Prevent Sore Wrists and Hands?
While wrist soreness may seem unavoidable, patients can take some action to avoid developing pain.
- Building Strong Bones. Patients should make sure to consume between 1,000-1,200 milligrams of calcium a day to help build strong bones and prevent fractures.
- Avoid Falling. The vast majority of all wrist injuries occur from landing on an outstretched hand when falling down. Patients should wear good shoes and make sure to keep the floors of their home well lit and free of obstacles.
- Wear Protective Equipment. When playing active sports, patients should wear the proper gear to help protect their hands and wrists.
- Use Ergonomic Equipment. Using ergonomic products at work will help to avoid wrist soreness.