Wrist Pain- The Causes of Wrist Pain
What Is Wrist Pain?
Wrist pain is pain located in the wrist. It is often caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Other causes include arthritis, injury, and gout.
CTS is a common condition in which swelling in the wrist tightens around the median nerve. Swelling may occur if you:
perform repetitive tasks with your hands such as typing, drawing, writing, or sewing
are overweight, pregnant, or menopausal
have a disorder such as diabetes, arthritis, or an underactive thyroid
An injury to your wrist will cause pain. Wrist injuries include sprains, broken bones, and tendinitis. Swelling, bruising, and disfigured joints may signify a wrist injury.
Gout, a condition in which the body over-produces or under excretes uric acid, can cause wrist pain. When circulating uric acid level are abnormally high, the uric acid crystals can deposit in the joints. Gout frequently occurs in the knees, ankles, and wrists. Pseudogout is a similar condition where calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) deposits appear in the joints. Joints are often red and swollen.
Causes of gout include:
drinking too much alcohol
Conditions such as high blood pressure, pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity can trigger gout.
Arthritis is a condition in which the joints are inflamed. The condition can cause swelling and stiffness. There are many types of arthritis. Common types include:
rheumatoid arthritis—an autoimmune disease common among women, usually affecting both wrists
osteoarthritis— a disease of joint “wear and tear” common among the elderly
psoriatic arthritis—a condition that includes a skin disorder
Arthritis can occur from many causes. These include aging, normal wear and tear, and overworking the hands.