Wrist Pain

What is Wrist Pain?

The wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones which exist between the five main bones of the hand (metacarpals) and the two forearm bones (radius and ulna). There are a few different types of wrist pain that are categorized by area:

  • Radial wrist pain (near the thumb)
  • Ulnar wrist pain (near the pinky)
  • Central wrist pain (in the middle)

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What are the Symptoms of Wrist Pain?

Wrist pain might only occur during movement, or it might occur constantly. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain with movement
  • Weak grip strength
  • Limited motion
  • Difficulty rotating the hand
  • Clicking or popping

What Causes Wrist Pain?

Because the wrist is an extremely complex joint, there are many different possible causes of wrist pain. Some of the main causes include arthritis, inflammation, cysts, or injuries like fractures. However, some less common causes might include genetic impactions, nerve injury, compression, or masses. Your orthopedic hand specialist can help you determine possible causes based on the area where you experience pain. You may also undergo an x-ray or scan to better view any damaged structures.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Wrist Pain?

Your treatment options can depend greatly on the cause. In minor cases, you may be able to use at-home care to manage your symptoms and allow your body to recover. This might include a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, splinting, and avoiding stressors. If the causes are more severe, surgery can be an option, and your orthopedic hand surgeon can help you determine the right approach.

What to Expect After Wrist Pain Treatment

The most important step of your wrist pain treatment is preventing stressors. Your orthopedic hand specialist can help you determine the underlying causes so you can make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to prevent symptoms from coming back. If you opt for surgery, your orthopedic hand surgeon will provide detailed aftercare instructions on how to care for your wrist and make the most of your results.

Schedule a Consultation at the Regional Hand Center

Our team of orthopedic hand specialists can help you achieve relief from wrist pain and other symptoms. To schedule a consultation and learn more, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online contact form.


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Whether you are planning a procedure or you are interested in options for treatment, the professional and caring Regional Hand Center team makes it easy to find the answers you need. For an appointment or answers to your questions, call (559) 322-HAND.

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Dr. Randi Galli is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that comprises the top ten percent of medical students, Dr. Galli received his Medical Degree from Tulane University School…

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Dr. Ricardo Avena is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Avena attended medical school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Upon graduation, Dr. Avena received his certification from the Educational…

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Dr. Santos attended the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Molecular and Cell Biology with a focus on Cell and Developmental Biology. She then received her medical degree at University of Vermont College of Medicine where she was nominated to be a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha…

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