Wrist AnD HAND

Carpal tunnel syndrome: the median nerve of the forearm becomes compressed

  • Symptoms: tingling sensation in the hands, numbness, weak thumbs, dull ache in the hand or forearm
  • Causes: family history, pregnancy, injury to the wrist, repetitive motion of the hand

Osteoarthritis: joint cartilage and the underlying bone begin to degrade

  • Symptoms: pain and stiffness in the wrist, tenderness, grating or cracking feeling, limited motion
  • Causes: aging, family history

Rheumatoid arthritis: the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and irritated

  • Symptoms: throbbing, aching pain that is worse in the morning and after periods of inactivity, stiffness in the joint, swelling, redness
  • Causes: family history, high estrogen levels, smoking

Ganglion cysts: a fluid filled swelling that develops near the wrist joint

  • Symptoms: smooth lump under the skin, usually on the back of the wrist, sometimes cause pain when moving the wrist
  • Causes: aging, injury to the wrist

 Sprained wrist: wrist ligaments have stretched more than normal, but are not permanently damaged

  • Symptoms: pain around the wrist, swelling, bruising, unable to put weight on the wrist, tenderness
  • Causes: landing awkwardly on an outstretched wrist, collisions with an object or other person