Wrist Pain

Understanding Wrist Pain

The wrist is a complex joint composed of eight small bones called carpal bones, along with numerous ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It serves as a vital connection between the hand and forearm, facilitating a wide range of movements and functions. However, this intricate structure also makes the wrist susceptible to a variety of conditions that may result in pain and discomfort. Now, let’s delve deeper into the common causes of wrist pain:

Wrist Pain

The Anatomy of the Wrist 

Understanding wrist pain requires knowledge of wrist anatomy. The wrist consists of carpal bones forming two rows, connected by ligaments, with tendons attaching muscles to bones. Disruption to these structures can cause wrist pain. Ligaments, like the radial collateral and ulnar collateral ligaments, stabilize the joint, while tendons, including flexor and extensor tendons, enable wrist movement such as flexion, extension, and rotation. Damage to or inflammation of any of these components may result in discomfort and pain

Common Causes of Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can arise from various factors, ranging from repetitive strain injuries to trauma. Understanding the common causes of wrist pain can help in identifying and managing the underlying condition. Here are some of the most prevalent causes:

  1. Arthritis: Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the wrist joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that occurs due to wear and tear of the cartilage, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints.
  2. Fractures: A fracture in any of the carpal bones or the radius or ulna bones can result in acute wrist pain. Fractures can occur due to falls, sports injuries, or direct trauma to the wrist.
  3. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the wrist, often due to repetitive motion or overuse, can cause discomfort and restricted movement. Tendonitis commonly affects individuals who engage in activities that involve repetitive wrist movements, such as typing, playing musical instruments, or participating in sports like tennis or golf.
  4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Nerve Entrapment: Compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel can cause wrist pain, tingling, and numbness. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as typing or using a computer mouse for extended periods.
  5. Sprains and Strains: Overstretching or tearing of ligaments and tendons in the wrist can result in pain, swelling, and instability. Sprains and strains commonly occur due to sudden twisting or bending of the wrist, such as during a fall or while playing sports.

These are just a few examples of the common causes of wrist pain. Other underlying causes include, such as ganglion cysts, ligament tears, or nerve entrapment. If you are experiencing persistent or severe wrist pain, it is important to find a provider that will help you to get to the root cause of the pain and treat it.

Impact on Daily Activities

Wrist pain can significantly affect everyday tasks and activities. Simple actions such as gripping objects, typing, or carrying grocery bags can become challenging and painful. Consequently, individuals experiencing wrist pain may find their productivity and overall well-being compromised.

Diagnosing Wrist Pain

Accurate diagnosis is crucial for devising an appropriate treatment plan for wrist pain. Medical professionals follow a comprehensive approach to determine the underlying cause and severity of the condition. This is precisely where Dr. Stephen Matta’s expertise shines. With his vast experience and knowledge in ultrasound diagnostics, orthopedics, functional movement and anatomy, he can accurately diagnose your condition and guide you through your treatment options. He will work closely with you to understand your specific needs and help you decide on the best course of action for your situation.

Medical History and Physical Examination

During the initial assessment, we will inquire about the duration, intensity, and location of the pain. A physical examination will involve evaluating the strength, range of motion, and stability of the wrist joint. Additionally, we may ask about any recent injuries or activities that could contribute to the pain. Dr. Matta will also evaluate using ultrasound imaging and a full orthopedic assessment to determine if the pain is the result of compensation from other areas of the body.

Imaging Tests for Wrist Pain

In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scans may be necessary to identify fractures, dislocations, or other structural abnormalities. These diagnostic tools provide a detailed view of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the wrist, aiding in the accurate diagnosis of the underlying condition.

Treatment Options for Wrist Pain

Various treatment options exist to alleviate wrist pain and promote healing. The choice of treatment depends on the underlying cause, severity of symptoms, and individual circumstances.

Non-Surgical Treatments at Meeting Point Health

Dr. Matta’s goal is to help our patients avoid unnecessary surgical procedures and avoid the use of steroids and pain medication. Through the use of regenerative treatments and injections, Dr. Matta is able to help the body to heal and reverse the damage that causes wrist pain. These may include:

Getting Started with HEALING Wrist Pain 

To benefit from a comprehensive, regenerative approach to treating wrist pain , call Meeting Point Health today at 215.298.9928. You can also schedule a consultation by completing our online contact form at https://www.meetingpointhealth.com/contact-us/.

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