Have you ever sat down at your desk, started to type and felt a sharp pain shoot through your wrist? Does that pain persist, making it difficult to carry out the simplest of tasks? If you’ve been experiencing pain in one or both of your wrists lately, read this guide to find out what the cause of pain is and how to treat it.
The symptoms of wrist pain vary, depending on what the cause is. If you’re displaying any of the symptoms below, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the cause of the problem.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of wrist pain. Carpal tunnel is usually a result of doing repetitive movements such as typing, writing, painting and drawing, but it can also be brought on by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, an underactive thyroid and obesity. Pregnancy, menopause and premenstrual syndrome have been linked to carpal tunnel as well.
If your symptoms are similar to those of carpal tunnel syndrome, but are accompanied by swelling and stiffness, your wrist pain may be caused by arthritis. Another cause of wrist pain is an injury such as a sprain, strain or broken bone. Symptoms of such an injury include difficulty moving your wrist and/or hand, bruising and swelling of the area. These symptoms are also indicative of tendinitis or bursitis.
Other possible causes of wrist pain include gout, which is the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints, or pseudogout, which is the accumulation of calcium in the joints.
If your symptoms are persistent, or if they get worse, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out the cause of the problem. Your doctor will probably perform a physical exam to find out where the source of tenderness is and to gauge your range of motion. He or she may also perform tests such as:
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the cause of pain. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary, but sometimes a little physical therapy and medication can go a long way. But if you prefer to try home remedies first, here’s what you can do to soothe your aching wrist:
In order to do anything, you must use your hands. But if your wrists are in pain, it can be a struggle to get your work done. So if you want to avoid wrist pain, follow these tips:
By making small lifestyle adjustments such as these, you’ll be protecting your wrists from future pain and injury.