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Wrist Pain

Are you experiencing wrist pain? The two most common causes of wrist pain and weakness are carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis. While they are similar, they are different in several key ways. To understand more about these conditions, their symptoms and how they are treated, read our overview below.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs through a narrow tunnel on the underside of the wrist is compressed due to swelling. The nerve, called the median nerve, spreads toward the thumb and forefinger. This syndrome can be caused by repetitive motions, other existing health conditions or even the natural anatomy of your wrist. Carpal tunnel is a common ailment for those who type extensively or hold their arm in a position that isn’t ergonomically correct.

Symptoms

  • Pain (most common)
  • Numbness or a feeling of “pins and needles”
  • Typically isolated to the thumb and forefinger
  • It can be worse at night

Treatment

  • Splinting (all day or only at night)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Changes in repetitive motion habits
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgical correction

What is Wrist Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon and can occur in any tendon within the body. It is most common in the shoulders, elbows, knees, heels and wrists. When it occurs in the wrists, it is often caused by repetitive motion or an injury. There are many tendons in the wrist, and tendonitis can affect just one or several of them, so it’s essential to have a medical specialist evaluate your wrist pain to diagnose the condition and determine the best treatment.

Symptoms

  • Dull pain that worsens with movement
  • Warmth or redness with swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Cracking noises or grinding sensations
  • Weakness

Treatment

  • Splinting (all day or only at night)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Changes in repetitive motion habits
  • Regular application of ice
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy

Many patients assume that their wrist pain is carpal tunnel, as it’s the most well-known. However, it could also be tendonitis or another wrist condition. The first step is to determine the actual cause of the wrist pain to develop a personalized treatment plan. To get started, call Caliber Pain at (212) 203-5987 today to schedule an evaluation with our experienced specialists.

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