Wrist Pain Information Center

Wrist pain is a common enough complaint. It can occur as a result of injury, inflammation, disease and overuse. Wrist joint pain can prove to be quite a hindrance in doing our daily activities. Imagine not being able to use either of your hands while eating, driving, doing the dishes etc. It's hard to go about your usual chores with a nagging pain in the wrists. As mentioned above, there are many causes for wrist joint pain. Finding the right cause, making the right diagnosis is very important in treating wrist pain.

In our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER, we have covered everything relevant to wrist joint pain, its structure, anatomy, various conditions which lead to wrist pain and various treatment options for them…all this and so much more.

Below we have given some snippets of what you will find in our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER. For a detailed read, please click on the left side menu. Happy Reading!

Wrist Joint Anatomy

Wrist Joint Anatomy

Understanding in detail about the structure which is causing you pain helps a lot in understanding the nature of the pain and how to prevent and alleviate that pain. In this topic, you can read about wrist bones, its movements, ligaments and much more. Wrist joint is quite complex and is made up of structures like Retinaculum, Ligaments and Tendons.

Wrist Joint Is Divided Into:

  • Proximal Wrist Joint Compartment
  • Middle Wrist Joint Compartment
  • Distal Wrist Joint Compartment

Our Wrist Joint Has 8 Carpal Bones, Which Are:

  • Scaphoid
  • Lunate
  • Triquetrum
  • Pisiform
  • Trapezium
  • Trapezoid
  • Capitate
  • Hamate

The Different Types Of Fracture Which Our Wrist Can Suffer From Are:

  • Distal Radius Fracture (Colles Fracture)
  • Distal Ulnar Fracture
  • Carpal Fracture
  • Radiocarpal Fracture
  • Intercarpal Fracture
  • Midcarpal Fracture
  • Carpometacarpal Fracture
  • Intermetacarpal joints Fracture

Wrist Joint Is Capable Of The Following Movements:

  • Flexion- Wrist is bent towards the palmer surface of forearm.
  • Extension- Wrist is bent towards the dorsal surface of the forearm.
  • Abduction or Radial Deviation- Hand movement towards the thumb.
  • Adduction or Ulnar Deviation- Hand movement toward little finger.
  • Pronation- Rotation of hand towards body.
  • Supination- Rotation of hand away from the body.

To read more in detail about our wrist joint, its anatomy and related structures, please refer to the left side menu under "WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER."

Wrist Joint Arthritis

Wrist Joint Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition where there is inflammation of the joints and if the inflammation occurs in the wrist joint, then it is known as Wrist joint Arthritis. The different types of Wrist Joint Arthritis include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout and Pseudogout. Symptoms comprise of morning stiffness, chronic pain, muscle spasm, numbness and tingling. Treatment comprises of rest, heat/cold therapy and exercise. Medications given are: NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications), opioids, antidepressant analgesics, and antiepileptic analgesics. Different types of therapies or physical therapies beneficial in wrist joint arthritis include: Exercise therapy, manual therapy, heat therapy/thermotherapy, cold therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation. To read in detail, please refer to the left side menu under our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER.

Wrist Joint Dislocation

Wrist Joint Dislocation

Dislocation is a condition when two bones which are linked together get separated. When any of the 2 or more bones of the wrist get separated due to an injury or accident, then it is referred to as wrist joint dislocation. Causes include: Motor vehicle accidents, work accidents, sport injuries, slipping and falling on the wrist etc. Wrist Joint Dislocation is classified as: (a) Anterior Dislocation and (b) Posterior Dislocation. Symptoms are: Pain in the wrist joint, limited wrist joint movements, numbness and tingling. Treatment options include: Conservative treatment, medications, physical therapy, interventional pain therapy, close reduction and surgical treatment. You can read all this in detail and more things such as types of dislocations, pain classification, causes behind the symptoms, ulnar and median nerve palsy, various investigations for wrist joint dislocation and the various treatment options and how and when they are used under our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER on the left side menu.

Wrist Joint Fracture

Wrist Joint Fracture

Fracture is a break in the bone. A wrist joint fracture commonly occurs due to falling on an outstretched arm. The different types of Wrist Joint Fracture are:

  • Fracture of Distal End of Radius and Ulna
  • Fracture of Metacarpal Bone
  • Fracture of Carpal Bones:
    1. Scaphoid Fractures.
    2. Triquetrum Fracture.
    3. Lunate Fracture or Necrosis.

Wrist Joint Fracture is classified as (i) Stable Fracture (ii) Unstable Fracture (iii) Delayed Non Union, and (iv) Displaced Fracture. Causes include motor vehicle accidents, sport Injuries, domestic falls and continuous stress to the wrist joint. Symptoms are wrist joint pain, tenderness, swelling, throbbing, inability to move the wrist, bruising, deformity of the wrist joint and muscle cramps. Treatment comprises of rest, heat and infra-red therapy, splint or cast treatment, R.I.C.E technique. Medications prescribed are: NSAIDs, opioids, anti-depressant analgesics, anti-epileptic analgesics and muscle relaxants. Surgery is also done if required.

Wrist Joint Tendonitis

Wrist Joint Tendonitis

Wrist joint tendonitis is a condition where there is inflammation of the wrist joint tendons. Causes include: Traumatic injuries, inflammation, repetitive motions. Symptoms include wrist pain, spasm, stiffness, difficulty in flexing or extending the wrist joint and referred pain to hand and forearm. Treatment options include: Conservative treatment, medications, physical therapy, interventional pain therapy and surgery. Please refer to the left side menu under our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER where you will find all the information in great detail.

Wrist Pain: 9 Major Medical Conditions

9 Major Medical Conditions

People suffer from wrist joint pain due to various reasons. It could be due to an injury to the wrist or due to repeatedly using the wrist, such as typing in an office environment. In our above mentioned section, we have listed some important causes or medical conditions which cause wrist joint pain, such as:

  • Injuries
  • Inflammation of the soft tissue and bones supporting the wrist joint
  • Infection of wrist joint
  • Pseudogout
  • Gout
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Guyon's Canal Syndrome
  • Kienbock's Disease

We Have Covered These Causes In Extreme Detail Along With Other Things Such As:

  • Risk Factors of Wrist Joint Dislocation
  • Different Types of Trauma Causing Wrist Joint Injury
  • Different Tissue Injuries Causing Wrist Joint Pain
  • Wrist Joint Pain Caused Due To Tear or Rupture of the Tendon
  • Different Types Wrist Joint Fractures Causing Wrist Joint Pain
  • Causes of Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Joint Pain Caused due to Bursitis, Tendinitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Septic Arthritis and Pseudogout.
  • Wrist Joint Pain caused due to Median Nerve Neuropathy
  • Wrist Joint Pain due to Ganglion Cyst
  • Wrist Joint Pain Caused due to Kienbock's Disease
  • Wrist Joint Pain Caused due to DeQuervain's Disease
  • Wrist Joint Pain Caused by Guyon's Canal Syndrome or Handle Bar Palsy

Wrist Joint Pain: A Complete Treatment Guide

A Complete Treatment Guide

Wrist joint pain could be due to many reasons some of which include inflammatory conditions of the wrist joint, such as bursitis, tendonitis; and injuries like tendon tear, ligament tear, fracture and dislocation. There are various treatment options available for all these conditions and thereby help in relieving the wrist joint pain. In this section we have covered many treatment options according to the cause behind the wrist joint pain. Some of the treatment options for wrist joint pain include:

  • Conservative Treatment (Rest, Exercise, Heat and Ice Therapy).
  • Medications (NSAIDs, Opioids, Muscle Relaxants, Antidepressants).
  • Physical Therapy/PT (Stretching, Ultrasound Therapy, Infrared or Heat Therapy).
  • Interventional Pain therapy (Needle Therapy, Nerve Ablation Treatment, Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulator, Intrathecal Catheter and Programmable Pump).
  • Close Reduction of Dislocation and Fracture.
  • Surgical Treatment (Repair of Torn Ligament, External Fixation of Wrist Joint Fracture or Dislocation, Internal Fixation).

Please click on our WRIST PAIN INFORMATION CENTER on the left side menu for complete information on the different treatment choices available for treating wrist joint pain and its causes.

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Last Modified On: November 6, 2015

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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