Wrist Pain – Carrollton TX
Dr Charles Neagle is a board certified orthopedic hand surgeon specializing in treating disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. He treats a wide range of wrist conditions including wrist trauma, Carpal Tunnel surgery, wrist fractures, wrist pain and sports injuries to the wrist.

Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is a common medical condition often witnessed by swelling in the wrist along with tightening of the median nerve. According to the wrist doctor, people who perform repetitive tasks involving wrist such as typing, painting, writing, sewing etc are more likely to suffer from wrist pain. In addition, medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, being overweight or pregnant may also increase the chance of developing pain in the wrist.

Causes of Wrist Pain

Arthritis

Arthritis occurs due to inflammation in the wrist joint. According to the wrist doctor in Carrollton, the condition is more common in women than men and in those who are overweight. The inflammation causes wrist pain, swelling, tenderness and difficult in holding objects. Treatment methods such as anti-inflammatory drugs, wrist splints, and steroid injections may help in providing relief from wrist pain. Surgical treatment options like removal of arthritic bones, fusion and joint replacement may be recommended in severe Arthritis cases.

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains are injuries to the body caused mainly due to overstretching, twisting of the wrist or excessive physical activities. Other causes include weight-bearing activities, falls, collisions and accidents. The condition mainly affects the ligaments in the wrist joint. A person with wrist sprain or strain often has limited mobility accompanied by wrist pain, swelling, and stiffness in the muscle. To get relief from this wrist pain, one must follow the RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). The wrist doctor may also recommend wearing a brace while performing daily activities, to provide stability and prevent further strain.


Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a medical condition causing irritation and inflammation in the tendons in/around the wrist joint. It is mainly caused due to an injury, repetitive movement of wrist, aging or diseases such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis etc. The affected wrist area witnesses immense pain, swelling and tightness, making it difficult to move. Immobilization, applying ice pack can help in providing relief. However, if the condition doesn’t improve in a couple of days, consult a wrist doctor.

Bursitis

Bursitis refers to the inflammation of bursae (small sac like structures present in the wrist joint).  The inflammation, if left untreated, becomes very painful and causes discomfort even while resting. Some of the most common causes of Bursitis are direct blow to the bursa, falling down putting weight on the wrist and sports activities like badminton, throwing or pitching, biking, baseball, golf, raking and tennis. The condition leads to immense wrist pain along with swelling, redness and tenderness in the wrist. The doctor may recommend rest, Anti-inflammatory medications and compression bandage to reduce the swelling and wrist pain.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve (passing through the Carpal Tunnel) gets compressed.  The condition is characterized by pain, numbness and tingling in the wrist. The main causes of CTS are poor positioning of your wrist while working on computer and repetitive movement of the wrist. Medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc may also lead to the syndrome. Most popular treatment options for CTS are wrist splints, pain medications and steroid injections. Surgery is highly recommended by the wrist doctor, if median nerve is seriously damaged.

Fracture

A break in the wrist bone due to a fall, direct blow, auto collision, sports injury or overuse of the wrist can be termed as wrist fracture. The fracture causes immense wrist pain and demands immediate treatment. Depending on the type of fracture, the wrist doctor may recommend treatment options such as Casts and Traction Stretches. For more complex wrist fractures, surgery may be necessary.

To know more about wrist pain and their treatments, or to request an appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton TX – Dr Neagle, call at (972) 492 – 1334.