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Common causes of wrist pain


Wrist pain has emerged as one of the most common complaints in health care centers all over world. There is a reported case of wrist problems involving pain and swelling in most hospitals every day. A common complain is tendonitis. This is a condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist joint resulting in pain an urge to scratch the itchy part.

Another example of wrist pain is carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that results from dysfunction of one of the nerves in the wrist. It causes unbearable pain to the wrist because of compression of the median nerve when it is pinched between two hard surfaces. The pinching occurs when the nerve passes through the wrist joint. Arthritis complications might cause instability to the wrist and make it difficult for a person to perform his/her normal activities due to the resulting pain. For example, in cases of post traumatic arthritis, where the injury occurs after the joint surface wears away, there will be tears in the joint cartilages leading to inflammation and swelling of the wrist joint.

When swelling occurs on the back of the hand or wrist, a condition called ganglion cyst, the pressure might rapture fluid filled capsules called benign leaving bones in the joint to grind together. The resulting friction causes severe pain whenever there is movement in the wrist joint.

A broken bone inside the wrist joint is another cause for wrist pain. It mostly affects patients over the age of 65 who are prone to broken bones after a fall. A wrist fracture which happens on the radius of one of the two forearm bones can also cause severe wrist pains. This type of fracture is so sensitive because unlike the other fractures it occurs at the end of the radius of the fore arm bones leading to extensive pain and internal damages.

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