Gradual Wear And Tear Or Overuse Of The Wrist Can Lead To Pain
Wrist problems can also be caused by injuries or the natural process of aging. Wrist pain with bruising and swelling is often a sign of an injury. Inability to move the wrist, hand, or a finger is often a sign of a possible broken bone.
There are many causes of wrist pain such as;
- Wrist Sprain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ganglion Cyst
Diagnosing the Cause of Elbow Pain
A thorough history and physical examination are usually adequate to establish the diagnosis for most wrist pains. However, your doctor may do a series of tests, depending on the cause of your injury, the location of your pain, or your other symptoms. This may include x-rays, CT scan and MRI.
The most important part of caring for patients with wrist and hand pain is an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Magaziner uses his years of clinical experience, using a thorough examination and sophisticated diagnostic tools to arrive at his diagnosis.
Most minor wrist pain will respond to home care that initially starts with rest, OTC medication and ice. This is followed by moist heat and light exercise. For those condition not responding to home care, medical attention is necessary.
Medical treatment may include immobilization, pain medication, physical therapy and further instructions. Additional treatment with joint or muscle injections may be necessary for more severe conditions. Surgery is indicated is some cases with a clear pathology which will not heal with conservative treatment.
Dr. Magaziner’s philosophy is to start with the more conservative treatments (less invasive) first such as rest, medication, bracing, ergonomic changes, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and laser therapy. If the condition does not respond to conservative care some possible treatments include: joint injections, prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell grafts. As a last resort surgery may be necessary.