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Top 9 Moderate Wrist Pain Causes

  1. 1.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If symptoms do not improve with these less invasive treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, pain in one hand, weakness in one hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Non - Specific Wrist Pain

    Wrist pain is common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Everyday activities like typing, racquet sports or sewing can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, wrist pain doesn't identify with a single process.

    Your wrist pain looks like it is variation of normal, which doesn't require any treatment, for now. You can treat the pain with over the counter pain medication if needed. If anything changes, let's re-evaluate.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one wrist, spontaneous wrist pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    pain in one wrist
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    severe wrist pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Contusion of the Wrist

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the wrist are common, often due to minor injuries.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    wrist injury, pain in one wrist, wrist pain from an injury, swelling of one wrist, wrist bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with contusion of the wrist:
    wrist injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Wrist Sprain

    A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the wrist. A mild sprain involves just stretching of the ligaments while more severe sprains can tear the ligaments.

    You should see your primary care doctor tomorrow. He or she may request imaging to make sure that there is no further damage to the bones of the wrist.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    wrist injury, wrist pain, wrist pain from an injury, swollen wrist, pain in the back of the wrist
    Symptoms that always occur with wrist sprain:
    wrist injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps)

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition which may happen after an injury, either to a nerve or to tissue in the affected area. It causes intense pain, usually in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a physical therapist. Treatment focuses on relieving the pain, and can include medicines, physical therapy, and nerve blocks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one leg, tremor, fatigue, pain in one foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Biceps Tendon Rupture

    The biceps is the muscle in the front of the upper arm. Its main action is to flex the arm. The biceps muscle collects in a tendon that inserts into the radius (one of the bones of the forearm). Sometimes, if lifting something heavy or rapidly putting weight on the arm, the biceps tendon may pull away from the bone. Biceps tendon ruptures are classified as either partial or complete ruptures, depending on if the tendon pulled away only somewhat, or completely.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). The treatment for biceps tendon rupture is surgery.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, pain in the front of the shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night
    Symptoms that always occur with biceps tendon rupture:
    pain in the front of the shoulder, pain in one shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

    Impingement syndrome is a common shoulder condition seen in aging adults. The tendons of rotator cuff muscles, whose action is to rotate the arm such such as during a tennis swing, pass in a narrow space between two bones in the shoulder. When the space becomes too narrow, which can happen as a result of an overuse injury, pain may develop as the tendons rub against the bones.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatments for impingement syndrome involve rest, over-the-counter pain medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, and surgery in rare, serious cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night, difficulty moving the shoulder, shoulder pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with rotator cuff tendonitis:
    pain in one shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

    Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by resting your arm for 2-3 weeks and avoid the activity that causes your symptoms. You may also put ice on the outside of your elbow 2-3 times a day and take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin, as needed. Contact your physician if home treatment does not relieve the pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, hand weakness, pain in the thumb side of the elbow, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Wrist Pain

  • Q.Is your wrist pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your wrist pain been going on?
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:

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Moderate Wrist Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate wrist pain have also experienced:

    • 14% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 6% Pain in One Arm
    • 3% Shoulder Pain
  • People who have experienced moderate wrist pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced moderate wrist pain were most often matched with:

    • 49% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 26% Brachial Plexopathy
    • 24% Non - Specific Wrist Pain

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