Your wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones arranged in two rows. Ligaments connect the bones to each other and your arm and hand bones, and tendons attach muscles to the bones. If any of these bones or soft tissues are damaged — through sudden impact, repetitive stress, or conditions like arthritis — then you have wrist pain.
Wrist pain can affect anybody, whether you're sedentary, active, or somewhere in between. However, your risk of wrist injury and pain may be increased by:
Sports participation: Wrist injuries are very common in sports, especially with activities such as bowling, golf, snowboarding, and tennis.
Repetitive work: Almost any activity that involves your hands and wrists, such as knitting and cutting hair, can cause pain if performed often enough.
Certain diseases or conditions: Pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis may increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Common injuries and disorders of the wrist include:
There are many possible wrist conditions, and an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist can diagnose your problem and determine a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Ganglion cysts are masses or lumps commonly found on the back of the wrists. They’re noncancerous, fluid-filled cysts that arise from irritation of the ligaments, joint linings, or tendon sheaths. Ganglion cysts can change in size or disappear on their own.
Many ganglion cysts do not require treatment other than removing the repetitive irritation. However, if the cyst is chronically painful and interferes with your daily life, an orthopedic surgeon can recommend the different methods of intervention, including surgical removal of the cyst.
If you’re suffering from wrist pain and rest, and changing your activities hasn’t helped, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist. Call today or request an appointment online.