Hand or Wrist Pain

Pain in the wrist and hands can occur as a result of numerous conditions, injuries, and disorders—some of which are more serious than others. To identify the reason for the pain, a medical professional will need to perform a thorough evaluation of the wrist and hand that may or may not include X-rays or other imaging. Some common causes of wrist and hand pain include broken bones, sprains, strains, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, infection, ganglion cysts, muscle cramps, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s disease, De Quervain’s disease, and repetitive motion syndrome. Treatment for wrist and hand pain will heavily depend on its cause and may range from conservative treatment that includes rest, ice, compression, elevation, and over-the-counter pain relieving medication to invasive surgery and/or physical therapy. To prevent wrist and hand pain, remove restrictive jewelry (bracelets, rings, etc.), protect hands from the cold, avoid sleeping on the hands or wrists, and take frequent breaks from activities that require repetitive hand and wrist movements. If symptoms include numbness, signs of infection, or increasing pain or swelling, medical attention may be necessary.