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Wrist Pain

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wrist Pain Graphic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers. There may be a variety of causes including thyroid conditions, arthritis, diabetes, and even fluid retention during pregnancy.

Symptoms are often relieved without surgery through wrist splints, changing hand usage patterns, or steroid injection into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist. When symptoms are severe or don't improve, surgery may be needed.

DeQuervain Syndrome

DeQuervain Syndrome is the inflammation of the tendon sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons controlling the movement of the thumb. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and swelling over the thumb side of the wrist, or difficulty with gripping.

Nonsurgical and surgical options are available for treating DeQuervain Syndrome. If nonsurgical options such as splints and anti-inflammatory medication don't relieve symptoms, surgery can be considered.

Inflammation of the Tendon Sheath

Inflammation of the Tendon Sheath occurs as a result of mechanical irritation due to repeated uniform movements of the tendon, causing it to become inflamed and swell. Symptoms include pain along the wrist on the side of the thumb, and occasionally a swelling and crackling sensation are felt. Treatment primarily involves relief, stretching, and strength training of the muscles around the wrist. Surgery is rarely indicated.

Wrist Fracture

The wrist is comprised of eight small bones and two forearm bones, the radius and ulna. A fracture may occur in any of these bones when enough force is applied. The most common broken bone is the radius. When the wrist is broken you may experience pain, swelling, and decreased use of the hand and wrist. Sometimes the wrist appears crooked and deformed; however fractures of the smaller bones are unlikely to appear deformed.

X-rays are needed to determine if there's a fracture and a course of treatment. Sometimes ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves may be injured as well and will need to be treated. Treatment varies depending on factors such as the pattern of the fracture, your age, and overall health. Some may only need a splint or cast and others may need surgery.

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