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What Are the Causes of Wrist Pain?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Whether it's temporary or long-term and necessitating medical care, wrist pain affects many people at some time in their life. However, wrist pain may be very inconvenient because your wrists are engaged in many daily tasks, such as writing, typing on your laptop, and eating.

Wrist pain may have a negative impact on the quality of life, particularly if the pain is persistent.

Fortunately, not every wrist pain is of the same intensity, and most times, it goes away on its own after a few days. A chiropractor may help you in getting relief from wrist pain. With the application of ice therapy and taking rest, you may get relief from the pain.


Tendinitis develops when wrist tendons become inflamed or form tiny tears, causing inflammatory mediators to accumulate in the region. Tendinitis isn't only limited to the wrist. It may affect every joint.

Repetitive Motion Syndrome

This may seem to be similar to tendinitis at first glance. However, it's not limited to tendons alone. The whole wrist, including all related tissues, may become tender, inflamed, and painful, causing surrounding nerves to become more sensitive. Typing for hours at a time on a keyboard or knitting for long periods are two examples that may lead to repetitive motion syndrome, which in turn may lead to wrist pain.


Arthritis isn't the same for everyone. The wrists, in particular, may develop osteoarthritis, which causes joint pain and inflammation due to damage to synovial tissue, or an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis in which the body's immune system attacks healthy tissues or organs, in this instance the structures in the wrist.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects older adults, while osteoarthritis affects people of all ages. Wrist pain caused due to arthritis may last the remainder of your life, and treatment options may shift to management methods.


The overstretching of a joint's supporting ligaments, which may happen when you fall and reflexively extend out to absorb the impact, causes sprains. You may inadvertently place the wrist in an inconvenient position when you fall, resulting in ligament injury.

Ganglion Cysts

Soft lumps typically develop on the outside edge of the inner wrist. These may not elicit any symptoms, but pain is almost always the result if nerves are compressed. Surprisingly, as compared to smaller cysts, bigger cysts cause less pain.

Consulting a chiropractor may help get relief from the wrist pain. A chiropractor may advise you completely rest the affected area. You may also apply ice or cold water on the wrists to minimize acute swelling. People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions are more prone to wrist pain. Cold or hot water may help reduce inflammation.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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