Common Wrist Problems
What are Common Wrist Problems?
Wrist pain and limited mobility can be very disruptive to your everyday life, and it can be brought on by injury, overuse or health factors. If you fracture your wrist bone or suffer from one of many soft tissue conditions affecting the cartilage, ligaments (connecting bone to bone), or tendons (connecting muscle to bone), you should seek diagnosis from a hand specialist. Early treatment can prevent exacerbation of symptoms and promote quicker healing.
It is relatively easy for the delicate bones and tissues of the wrist to fall prey to traumatic injury or systemic attack. Sometimes the two are interrelated, such as with arthritis. An injury may trigger an arthritic condition that then worsens without further external cause.
The most common causes of wrist pain and dysfunction:
- Arthritis of the wrist
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cysts
- De Quervain’s tendonitis
- Wrist fractures
- Wrist sprains
- Torn wrist ligaments/triangular fibrocartilage complex
Sign & Symptoms
Pain, weakness, swelling, limited range of motion, or a popping sensation and sound with movement are all typical of wrist injuries. A broken bone in the wrist is typically accompanied by more severe pain that persists even when the wrist is still.
- Limited range of motion
- Popping sensation with movement
- Popping sound with movement
Diagnosis & Treatment
Wrists and thumbs are complicated mechanisms, and only a doctor can tell just how injured you may be.
Sometimes surgery is needed to release a ligament or other tissue causing nerve pain, free up blood flow, remove bone or cartilage fragments, secure fractured bones with pins, screws, and plates, or restructure or replace joints.
Explore specific conditions on this site to understand the most likely treatment path and its recovery experience.