Wrist and hand injuries are usually either sudden onset caused by a traumatic fall or twisting, or they are gradual onset overuse injuries or repetitive strain injuries. Wrist pain that comes on gradually is often referred to as repetitive strain injury or RSI. It usually involves inflammation or degeneration of the tendons in the wrist.
The most common cause of thumb and finger pain is damaged or inflamed ligaments and tendons due to accident, sports injury, or overuse.
- Swelling and or bruising
- Symptoms worse at night
- Pain radiates into the thumb and forefingers
- Tingling/numbness/burning sensations
- Pain bending the finger
- Difficulty gripping
- Reduced movement in the wrist
- Numbness in the little finger/ring finger
- Pain in the finger
- Pain in the hand
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A sprained wrist is a tear of any of the ligaments in the wrist which attach bone to bone. The usual cause is a fall onto an outstretched arm. Symptoms will include pain in the wrist at the time of injury and swelling which is likely to come on very quickly.
Many people use the term wrist strain to describe any pain in the wrist area that is not a fracture. A sprained wrist is an injury to a tendon in the wrist which can be sudden onset or gradual.
Getting a Diagnosis for your Hand & Wrist Pain
If you have tingling, numbness, or pain in your hand or wrist, see a doctor. He or she will take your medical history, examine you, and possibly perform tests. These may include X-rays, imaging scans, or blood tests. After the examination, the pain management doctors and pain management professionals at Colorado Pain & Injury Specialists will clearly explain to you the condition, possible sources of your pain, and which pain treatment will help alleviate your pain, along with possible courses of action and next steps.
Our Medical Providers will help determine the best course of action to help you with your hand or wrist pain.