Wrist pain is a common condition that can limit one’s ability to work, exercise, or do the things you enjoy. There are many causes of wrist pain. The best way to think about wrist pain is to consider where the pain is. Rarely, a physician can not diagnose wrist pain using physical examination or even with non-invasive diagnostic tool, and in these cases a surgeon may consider wrist arthroscopy.
Radial-sided Wrist Pain
Radial-sided Wrist Pain, or pain on the same side of your wrist as your thumb, is a common location for wrist pain. The most common cause of radial-sided wrist pain is a form of tendinitis called De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.
Ulnar-sided Wrist Pain
Ulnar-sided wrist pain, or pain on the same side of your wrist as your small finger, is another common location for wrist pain. Many different problems are known to cause ulnar-sided wrist pain including ligament tears and snapping tendons. Some of these problems if they cannot be solved with therapy and splints may require an operation called a wrist arthroscopy.
After a fall or other accident, the bones of your wrist can fracture. This is sometimes best treated with a cast or splint, and occasionally a surgery is necessary to be sure the bone heals in the correct position.
Dorsal Wrist Pain
Dorsal Wrist pain, or pain on the back side of your wrist, can be from several different problems from ganglion cysts to wrist sprains to ligament tears. Depending on the problem, treatment can be anything from rest to surgery.
Palmar Wrist Pain
Palmar wrist pain, or pain on the palm side of your wrist can be from several different problems from ganglion cysts, mucous cysts, a brachial plexus injury, to tendinitis to arthritis. Depending on the problem, treatment can be anything from rest to surgery.