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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Sharp Wrist Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced sharp wrist pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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.

    2 weeks

    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
  2. 2.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.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    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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  3. 3.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.

    3 weeks in a cast, no need for follow up.

    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
  4. 4.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.

    1-2 days

    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

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.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.)
  • Q.Is your wrist pain worse when holding something?
  • Q.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?

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • 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
  • 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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