If you suffer from wrist pain/soreness, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.
What Is Wrist Pain/Soreness?
Wrist pain or soreness refers to discomfort or aching sensations experienced in the wrist area. It can vary in intensity and may be accompanied by swelling, stiffness, weakness, or difficulty in moving the wrist.
Causes of wrist pain or soreness can vary and may include:
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs): Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or de Quervain’s tenosynovitis can result from repetitive movements or overuse of the wrist.
- Wrist Sprains or Strains: These occur when the ligaments or muscles in the wrist are stretched or torn due to sudden movements, falls, or sports-related injuries.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the wrist joint, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
- Fractures or Dislocations: A broken bone or a displaced joint in the wrist can lead to significant pain and limited mobility.
- Ganglion Cysts: These fluid-filled sacs can develop in or around the wrist joint, causing discomfort and sometimes pressing on nearby nerves.
- Nerve Compression: Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve entrapment can cause pain, tingling, or numbness in the wrist and hand.
Treatments For Wrist Pain/Soreness
Treatment for wrist pain or soreness depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. It may include:
- Rest and Immobilization: Protect the wrist by avoiding activities that aggravate the pain and using splints or braces to provide support and limit movement.
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroid injections can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
- Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises, stretches, and therapeutic techniques can improve wrist strength, flexibility, and function.
- Cold or Heat Therapy: Applying ice packs or warm compresses can help reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and promote healing.
- Lifestyle Modifications: Adjusting ergonomic factors at work or during daily activities to reduce strain on the wrist.
- Surgical Intervention: In severe cases or when conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery may be required to repair damaged structures or relieve pressure on nerves.
If you experience persistent or worsening wrist pain or soreness, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist or a hand surgeon, for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.