What is wrist pain?
Wrist pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects people of all ages. Sometimes, it occurs due to a sudden injury like a sprain or fracture; other times, it’s a result of chronic, underlying health problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or osteoarthritis.
If you regularly experience wrist pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care like rest, ice, or over-the-counter painkillers, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms vary and depend on the underlying cause. Some people experience pain that’s dull and throbbing; others experience pain that’s sharp, stabbing, or that causes pins-and-needles sensations.
The precise location and severity of your wrist pain can help your Restore Osteo of Colorado provider determine the underlying cause.
What are some common causes?
The team at Restore Osteo of Colorado regularly diagnoses and treats pain caused by:
- Sudden impact injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cysts
Another common cause of wrist pain is Keinbock’s disease. This condition causes the collapse of one or more small bones in your wrist. This occurs if the blood supply to your wrist becomes compromised.
Who is at risk of experiencing wrist pain?
Wrist pain affects everyone, but certain factors can increase your risk, including playing sports, working a job that requires repetitive movements, or living with a chronic health condition like diabetes or obesity.
How is wrist pain diagnosed?
Your Restore Osteo of Colorado provider reviews your medical history, asks you about your lifestyle and symptoms, and conducts a thorough physical exam. During the exam, your provider checks your wrist for tenderness, swelling, or deformities and asks you to move your wrist to observe your range of motion.
If these measures don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, your provider might also order diagnostic testing, or an X-ray or MRI to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissue structures that support your hand and wrist.
How is wrist pain treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Whenever possible, the team at Restore Osteo of Colorado uses conservative, integrative treatments, including:
- Joint injections
- Physical therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Tissue allografts
You might benefit from one of these treatments or a combination. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to ease pain, encourage mobility, and improve your quality of life.
To explore your treatment options, schedule an appointment at Restore Osteo of Colorado. Call the nearest office and speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.