Wrist Pain Causes
Causes of Wrist Pain
Wrist pain can be cause by any one or several of the following:
- Arthritis - Osteoarthritis when the bone coverings wear down or deteriorate. This can cause a lot of pain as the bone ends rub together.
- Arthritis - Rheumatoid is an auto immune disorder often involving inflammation at the wrists. Usually BOTH wrists will be affected at the same time.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Pain occurs when there is increased pressure on the median nerve.
- Repetitive Stress Injuries - common complaints from sports activities like Bowling,Volley Ball, Tennis, Weight Lifting. Work related injuries like "mousing" or working at the cash register in a grocery store.
- De Quervain's Tendinosis - ligaments a the base of the thumb are inflamed
- Sudden Blows or Bangs
- Muscles strained or stressed
- Sprains of Ligaments
- Fractures - "scaphoid" fracture involves a bone on the thumb side of the wrist
- Kienbock's disease - a collapse of the small bones in the wrist. This progressive condition is a result of poor blood flow to the area.
- Ganglion Cysts. Varying in size, these spongy and often painful cysts form on the top side of the wrist.
Statistics: More than 3.8 million visits were made to physicians in office-based practices in 2003 because of carpal tunnel syndrome. 1
1 National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2000 (Using all three possible reason-for-visit codes listed; data extracted and analyzed by the AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs.) 2003