When your wrist is in pain, your daily activities become difficult to complete. Activities that used to be fun quickly become chores. The causes of wrist pain can vary greatly, leaving you unsure why you’re experiencing this pain. Throughout this blog post, we’ll cover where the pain could be coming from and what some of your treatment options are.

Your wrists are made up of numerous small bones, tendons, and nerves. This makes it easy for multiple things to go wrong with them. If you’re feeling pain in your wrist, it could be due to any of these things:

  • Wrist sprain
  • Wrist fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tendinosis
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Kienbock’s disease

If you find yourself wondering what some of these conditions are, see below for some descriptions of them:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in your wrist is put under enough pressure that it begins to cause numbness, weakness, and pain in the hand and wrist.
  • De Quervain’s tendinosis happens when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. This can cause tenderness and pain along the palmar thumb side of the wrist. This pain can be especially noticeable when gripping something.
  • A ganglion cyst is a soft tissue cyst that usually appears on the opposite of the palmar side of the wrist. These cysts can be painful and may get worse with increased activity.
  • Kienbock’s disease is when the blood flow to a small bone in your wrist is restricted. Restricted blood to this bone causes damage, which causes a painful, stiff wrist. This can also lead to arthritis.

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to understand who you can go to. It’s of the utmost importance to get the proper diagnosis from a specialist in this area. This is important because choosing a specialist can get you on the road to recovery quickly. Dr. Peterson is an expert in wrist pain and takes the diagnosis process seriously, so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. From there, he will provide a treatment program to get you back to your life with less pain.

Some treatments may include physical therapy, surgery, or a combination of both. In many cases, wrist pain can be caused by poor form at work, the gym, or other various tasks performed during the day. As you work with Dr. Peterson, he’ll help figure out what could be causing this pain for you. Your treatment will be individual to your specific needs with the goal of getting your wrist back to functioning properly as soon as possible.

It’s time to get back to living without pain and actively participating in the things you enjoy. Dr. Peterson can get you there, all you need to do is call us to schedule an appointment at 435-787-2000.