What Causes Wrist Pain?

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Asked by owmywristhurts

What Causes Wrist Pain?

I cannot bend my wrist forward or backwards due to a severe amount of pain. I can move it sideways (imagine waving with just your hand from left to right) with less pain. It feels stiff and sore when I don't move it. There is no swelling and no bruising. Compared to my other wrist, the underside feels almost 'mushy', compared to the tight feeling of muscles/tendons in my other wrist. What's wrong? I did nothing to injure it, it just started hurting!

Answer

Wrist pain can be caused by a number of things, and it's possible that you may have injured it without knowing, so I'd advise seeing a doctor. Some of the common causes of wrist pain include carpal tunnel syndrome, which is common in our day and age since most of us spend a large quantity of time on the computer. If you make a repetitive motion with that hand you may have a repetitive stress injury. Or, you could be showing an early sign of arthritis.

If you haven't tried an OTC pain reliever yet, it may help. Alternating moist heat and ice in 20-minute segments may also help relieve your pain.

And while it sounds obvious, until you get an answer from your doctor, try to avoid using that wrist in a way that aggravates the pain. If possible, you can even redesign some parts of your daily life to help you avoid putting your wrist in a painful position.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards