5 Causes of Wrist Pain

5 Causes of Wrist Pain

5 Causes of Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can deter you from your everyday activities. It’s difficult to be productive with that kind of nagging pain. Determining what has caused you pain may help you to treat symptoms and prevent future injury or chronic pain. You may need medical attention, or you may benefit from some stretches, better posture, and a massage. Your body is all connected and relaxation and flexibility in all parts of your body will promote wellness throughout. Keeping your body, including your wrists, loose and relaxed will improve your productivity and comfort level.

1. Injury

Injuries in the wrist can be subtle and go unnoticed. They are often caused by sudden impacts such as falling and catching yourself on an outstretched hand. It’s common to sustain a sudden impact injury and not feel the pain of it immediately. Strains, sprains, and fractures can occur and cause chronic pain if they are not healed properly. If you are experiencing pain that could be from an injury, see a doctor immediately.

2. Arthritis

Pain in your wrist could be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Both of which can be very uncomfortable. Osteoarthritis is usually something that flares up because of an old wrist injury. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. This type of arthritis will often affect both wrists. In the case of arthritis, you should seek medical attention for certain exercises and stretches that may help to relieve pain.

3. Carpal Tunnel

This common cause for wrist pain happens when there is increased pressure on the median nerve. Carpal tunnel can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling. This pain is common for office workers as it is often caused by typing for long periods. It can be avoided with better posture, keeping your hands warm, taking breaking frequently, and reducing force. If you have been inflicted, you may need a brace, a massage, or some heat compression to reduce the symptoms.

4. Repetitive Stress

Wrists are often prone to repetitive movements. Think of the activities you do daily that use your wrists. When you put repetitive stress on your wrist with a daily (or even hourly) motion, tissues can inflame, and overuse can even lead to a stress fracture. If you are performing a similar movement for hours on end, take a break once in a while to stretch out your wrists.

5. Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is benign but can still be painful. This occurs when a fluid-filled capsule swells over the back of the hand or wrist. It’s rare, but cysts can compress a nerve, which could cause tingling and possible numbness. Cysts usually go away on their own, but if yours is persisting you may want to see a doctor to have it removed or drained.

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