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Sharp Wrist Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand sharp wrist pain symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Sharp Wrist Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible Sharp Wrist Pain Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced sharp wrist pain. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Wrist sprain

Wrist sprain is often associated with traumatic events such as falls or sporting accidents. However, wrist sprain can also stem from chronic issues such as repetitive stress and the normal aging process. The wrists are so necessary and used so frequently that sometimes it may be difficult to differentiate simple aches and pains from a wrist sprain that requires prompt medical attention.

Symptoms include.

Treatments may include practicing better form when using the wrists, protecting the wrists themselves, limiting dangers in your home or environment, applying ice or heat, and taking calcium supplements and over-the-counter painkillers. Physical therapy, surgery, or a prescription for anticonvulsants may also be recommended.

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

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by compression of the mediannerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel. Causes include overuse of the wrist and hand, especially highly repetitive activities such as typing or working on an assembly line. Injuries can damage the carpal tunnel, as can arthritis, diabetes, and obesity.

Symptoms include(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/weakness-in-both-hands/) when trying to hold an object. Carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time and may lead to permanent damage if not addressed.

Treatment options include supportive devices, stretching exercises, medications, and surgery.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Buckle fracture of distal radius

A buckle fracture of the wrist, also known as a torus fracture, is a condition that are most common in children aged 5-10 years due to the elasticity of their bones. This fracture occurs when force is applied to the radius (one of the two bones of the forearm), causing the bone to split along the growth plate.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: constant forearm pain, forearm pain from an injury, pain in one forearm, swollen forearm, wrist injury

Symptoms that always occur with buckle fracture of distal radius: forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sharp Wrist Pain

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Push the backs of your hands together like in this picture, and hold for 1 minute. Do you notice any numbness, tingling, or pain in either of your fingers/hands? (This is called the Phalen's maneuver.)
  • Is your wrist pain worse when holding something?
  • Hold your thumb away from your hand. Have someone else try to push your thumb into your hand while you resist as much as possible. Is one of your thumbs unable to resist being pushed in?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Sharp Wrist Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced sharp wrist pain have also experienced:

  • 10% Wrist Pain
  • 9% Moderate Wrist Pain
  • 7% Hand Tingling

People who have experienced sharp wrist pain were most often matched with:

  • 36% Wrist Sprain
  • 36% Buckle Fracture Of Distal Radius
  • 27% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People who have experienced sharp wrist pain had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Over a month
  • 26% Less than a week
  • 21% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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