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Swelling of One Wrist Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your swelling of one wrist symptoms, including 6 causes and common questions.

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  1. 6 Possible Swelling Of One Wrist Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

6 Possible Swelling Of One Wrist Causes

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

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by attacking foreign pathogens mistakenly begins attacking the own body's tissues. In adults, RA is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by autoimmunity.

RA is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the joints (synovium). This immune activity results in inflammation in the synovium that causes it to thicken and expand. The thickening destroys the cartilage and bone of the joint and causes the tendons and ligaments of the joint to weaken and stretch.

Over time, the cartilage loss continues, the space between bones becomes smaller, and eventually the joint becomes loose, painful and unstable. As the condition becomes more advanced, RA can also affect multiple organ systems, including the eyes, skin, lungs and the cardiovascular system.

Diagnosis is through physical examination, blood tests, and X-rays.

Treatments include lifestyle modifications, several classes of medications, and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Disseminated gonococcal infection

Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI) is an infection from a sexually transmitted bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It spreads to distant parts of the body beyond the original portal of entry and usually manifest by rash and arthritis.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, joint pain, fever, chills, moderate fever

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Septic arthritis

Septic arthritis is also called infectious arthritis. "Arthritis" simply means inflammation of a joint. In septic arthritis, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. The most common is Staphylococcus aureus or staph. These agents reach the joints either from another infection in the body or from a traumatic injury that contaminates the wounded joint.

Symptoms include severe pain in the affected joints, along with redness and swelling. The knees are most often affected but septic arthritis can occur in any joint. This condition is common in infants and the elderly, and medical attention should be received promptly.

Treatment involves draining the infected fluid from the joint, either with a needle (arthrocentesis) or surgery in order to prevent or reduce any joint damage caused by swelling, which can occur very quickly. This procedure is often followed by antibiotics in order to fully eradicate the infection.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fever, spontaneous shoulder pain, chills, knee pain, joint pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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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.

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

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

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling Of One Wrist

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

  • Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Is your swollen area warm and red?
  • How would you explain the cause of your wrist pain?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?

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Swelling Of One Wrist Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced swelling of one wrist have also experienced:

  • 20% Wrist Pain
  • 9% Pain In One Wrist
  • 6% Severe Wrist Pain

People who have experienced swelling of one wrist were most often matched with:

  • 46% Septic Arthritis
  • 30% Disseminated Gonococcal Infection
  • 23% Rheumatoid Arthritis

People who have experienced swelling of one wrist had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Less than a week
  • 27% Less than a day
  • 23% Over a month

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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