What Causes Wrist Pain?

It is often caused by fracture or sprain from injuries. But chronic wrist pain can also be caused due to repetitive stress, arthritis and most importantly carpal tunnel syndrome is the pressure placed on the median nerve due to the thickening of the transverse carpal ligament. Thenar atrophy is commonly related to severe carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur during pregnancy since the swelling brought on by pregnancy may compress the median nerve in the hand, causing the fingers to feel numb.



  • Obesity
  • Hypothyrodism
  • >Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Repetitive work(typing, lifting etc)
  • Vibration

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can lead to numbness, tingling or weakness in the hand and fingers. The numbness usually occurs at night because we tend to sleep with our wrists flexed. The Tinel’s test is used to determine symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The test is considered positive if symptoms of tingling worsen while tapping on the median nerve at the wrist. Phalen’s maneuver is a diagnostic test performed to determine if the patient has carpal tunnel syndrome. In this test, the back of the hands is pressed together, compressing the nerve, which may cause symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.


  • Anti Inflammatory medication
  • Splint
  • Therapy
  • Injections

Radial Wrist pain

It is the inflammation of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds the two tendons that control movement of the thumb. It causes pain and swelling over the thumb side of the wrist and difficulty gripping. It can be caused due to:

  • Twisting out wet towels
  • Hammering
  • Skiing
  • Lifting heavy objects

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