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Wrist and Hand Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Updated on April 29, 2013
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Wrist and Hand Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

There doesn’t seem to be a way around the many things we use our hands, wrist, and fingers, everyday day of our lives, this puts a lot of wear and tear on them. Sometimes just holding a pencil to write or just putting a key into the lock to unlock your door can cause horrendous pain. Not everyone is aware of how many blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and small bones are in the hand, and how they all work together when performing any task.

The following are some of things that can cause wrist and hand pain:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprain

Below is a brief description of each, and possible remedies/treatments:

Carpal tunnel syndrome:

When too much pressure is being put on the media nerves as it passes through the carpal tunnel of your wrist, it causes your wrists and hand to start having pains.

Arthritis:

The word Arthritis translates from Greek (Arthron meaning Joint) and Latin (Itis meaning inflammation). It is what we now use to describe many types of joint pain that affects the musculoskeletal system.

Tendinitis:

This is the term used for a condition where tendons become inflamed. It can cause great amounts of pain depending on the person.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

This is a type of arthritis that is a chronic form of arthritis that cannot be cured. It continues to progress and gets worse over time.

Sprain:

A sprain can cause pain as it is the result of ligaments of the hand, wrist, or other joins being twisted the wrong way.

Some other factors involved include:

  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • The tendon sheaths (membranes) that go around the tendons to protect them swell, which is due to repeated hand movement (such as typing).
  • Fluid buildup
  • Broken or dislocated bones in the wrist area
  • Tumors
  • The normal wear and tear one can get from the aging process
  • Smoking can also be a causing factor; smoke can affect the blood flow to the median nerves in the wrist as well

Symptoms:

Before reading, take note that having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • A tingling sensation felt in the hands or fingers
  • Your hands have a numb feeling when you know they haven’t simply fallen asleep.
  • A weakness of the hands
  • Pain felt in the fingers
  • Pain in the palm of the hand
  • Radiating pain that has moved into the forearm
  • Radiating pain that has moved into the shoulder

Treatments:

  • Medications may be prescribed to treat inflammation.
  • If nerve damage is involved surgery may be required.

The doctor may feel that wearing a wrist splint may help.

Question for Readers

  • Have you ever had wrist problems, if so what helped your pain?

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      HendrikDB 4 years ago

      I suffer from this. I always thought it is arthritis but now I am not so sure . . .