Wrist Pain - Carrollton, TX
The wrist is a complex joint located between the forearm and hand. It consists of eight small bones known as the Carpus that connect with the radius and ulna, the bones in the forearm. Wrist Pain refers to discomfort or damage to the wrist that hinders movement and flexibility in the joint.

Causes

  • Injury or trauma: Falling with the hand outstretched can cause sprain or fracture in the wrist. Another common cause for Wrist pain may be due to repetitive stress. Driving non-stop for prolonged periods or playing sports like golf and tennis may be stressful for the Wrist joint, thus causing pain. Certain injuries may also cause a dislocation of the wrist bones.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Under this syndrome, the Median Nerve located on the palm side gets compressed. This syndrome is associated with a weak thumb that makes it difficult to grab objects, along with numbness and pain in the wrist, thumb as well as fingers.
  • Arthritis: It is a common cause for pain, swelling and tightness in the wrist. There are a number of arthritis caused due to age, infections and overuse. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are two of the most commonly observed causes for Wrist Pain.
  • DeQuervain’s Disease: This condition causes painful and inflamed tendons in the thumb. This pain also extends to the wrists.
  • Other causes: Some of the other causes may be Tumors, structural disorders and Gout.

Symptoms

  • Pins and needles feeling, usually caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pain and swelling in the wrist
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Lack of strength and stability of the thumb and wrist joint

Treatment     

Non surgical treatment

  • Bracing: In case the cause behind Wrist Pain is repetitive stress injury, the medical practitioner may suggest wearing a brace or splint for about 4 to 6 weeks. This helps to keep the joint intact and reduces motion. The splint thus helps to immobilize the wrist by preventing frequent flexion and extension of the wrist.
  • Corticosteroid injections: The doctor may prescribe a Corticosteroid in case the pain does not reduce by bracing. It reduces swelling and can help to control Wrist Pain in the early stages as well.
  • Exercise: The medical practitioner may suggest certain exercises to promote mobilization of the Wrist joint post bracing. Exercises like nerve gliding and tendon gliding are particularly helpful in relieving the compression or impingement of Median Nerve that leads to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Surgical treatment

  • Surgery is opted only when the symptoms do not respond well to the non surgical methods. There are a number of ways to effectively treat Wrist Pain through surgery.
  • Wrist Fusion: It can be done by removing the affected bones and inserting plates as well as screws into the wrist.
  • Wrist Replacement: This method involves inserting prosthesis into the wrist via little incisions to improve mobility.
  • A number of open surgical approaches and invasive procedures are practiced by medical practitioners to relieve symptoms of Wrist Pain.

For effective treatment of Wrist Pain, contact an orthopedic doctor.