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4 Potential Wrist Pain That Gets Worse When Gripping Something Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    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
  2. 2.De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

    4-6 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, thumb pain, hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand
    Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Kienbock Disease

    Kienbock Disease is a condition where the blood going to one of the small bones in the wrist is disrupted, causing the bone to die and the wrist to become stiff and painful. The cause is not known but may be related to trauma to the wrist.

    Life long, the wrist is damaged permanently

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, wrist pain from an injury, pain in the back of the wrist, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the wrist
    Symptoms that always occur with kienbock disease:
    wrist pain from an injury, pain in the back of the wrist
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture

    A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. When a person falls on their outstretched hand, the scaphoid is the bone that is most likely to break. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

    Wrist bone fractures take about 10-16 weeks to heal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, swollen thumb, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the thumb, wrist pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Wrist Pain That Gets Worse When Gripping Something

  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your wrist pain?
  • Q.Where exactly is your hand pain?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Is the wrist pain affecting:

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Wrist Pain That Gets Worse When Gripping Something Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something have also experienced:

    • 33% Hand Weakness
    • 25% Thumb Pain That Gets Worse When Pinching or Gripping Something
    • 3% Pain in One Wrist
  • People who have experienced wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something were most often matched with:

    • 45% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 27% De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • 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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