Wrist pain is a common condition that can be caused by any number of things. It causes pain and discomfort in the wrist, forearm, hand, and fingers. There are many causes of wrist pain, including:
- Injury – sprains or fractures of the wrist
- Arthritis – inflammation of the joint
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – compression of the median nerve at the base of the thumb
- Nerve damage – pressure on a nerve root or injury to a peripheral nerve
- Stiffness in wrist
- Sharp or stabbing pain
- Dull or aching pain
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness
- Tightness in the wrist
Common treatment options
- Physical therapy: Wrist pain is commonly treated with the help of physical therapy.
- Splinting: This is done by strapping the wrist to a board or splint, which limits movement and helps keep the wrist in place.
- RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation): This is done by applying ice to the wrist and wrapping it with an elastic bandage or cloth.
- Pain medications: These are only prescribed when other treatments have failed.