Hand pain or Wrist pain

Hand pain or Wrist pain

Wrist pain or hand pain is usually caused by sprains (twisting) or fractures because of sudden injuries. Wrist pain also emerges from long-term problems, like arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Diagnosing the actual cause of wrist pain is hard because multiple factors that can cause wrist pain. But for healing and proper treatment, accurate diagnosis is required. 


Wrist pain varies in every person. It depends on the particular cause. Like, If it is because of osteoarthritis, the pain is often experienced similar to a dull toothache. If it is because of carpal tunnel syndrome, then it causes pins and needles feeling or a tingling sensation. It occurs especially at night. Some of the common, noticed symptoms of hand pain are:

  • Unable to have a grip on something
  • Unable to make a fist
  • Numbness 
  • Redness 
  • Pain 
  • Warmth feeling in the wrist 
  • Tingling sensation in the hand. 

If any damage is caused to any of the parts of the hand either wrist or fingers, that part causes pain and inability to use the hand. The Same is with the wrist.

Many things cause wrist pain like:

  • Wrist injuries whenever a person falls or had any of the accident, or any outstretched muscle or bone. This causes sprains, strains, and even fractures. 
  • Wrist pain is also caused by sudden repetitive stress on the wrist joint. It occurs when a person continues the activity with a pause it puts stress on the bone and inflames the tissues.
  • Osteoarthritis in the wrist bone also causes hand pain or wrist pain. It develops in people who had injured their wrist before. 
  • Another thing that causes wrist pain or hand is rheumatoid arthritis. It involves the wrist, attacks the tissues, and causes pain. 

Some other diseases and conditions that cause wrist or hand pain are:

  • The Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Kienbock’s disease. 

Treatments for wrist problems vary and depend on the type, area, and severity of the pain, as well as on your age and gender. Some of the treatment methods are:


Various over-the-counter pain relievers help in reducing wrist pain, such as:

  • ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) 
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others)

Strong pain relievers also help in reducing pain and swelling but it is only taken with the doctor’s prescription. 

Physical Therapy

 Physical therapy can implement specific exercises for wrist injuries and bone problems. If surgery needed, the physical therapist will refer and help with rehabilitation after the procedure.

If you have broken bone in the wrist, the pieces are needed to be aligned in their place for healing. A cast helps in holding the bone fragments together while the pieces of bone heal.

If you have sprain in the wrist, you might need to wear a splint to protect the injured bone and ligaments while it heals properly. Splints are very effective and helpful with injuries caused by repetitive stress and motions.


In severe cases, surgery is necessary. Sometimes the wound is healed by one surgery and sometimes by 2 or 3. It is effective if the surgery is done at the right time. Some severe cases include:

  • Bone fractures. Surgery is needed to stabilize the bone.
  • In carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery is needed to relieve the pressure.
  • Surgery is needed when a ligament or tendon is ruptured. 
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