Wrist pain

  • Wrist bone injury. Your wrist is made up of eight small bones (carpal bones) plus two long bones in your forearm — the radius and the ulna. The most commonly injured carpal bone is the scaphoid bone, located near the base of your thumb.
  • Wrist ligament injury. Surrounding the bones in your wrist are strong soft tissues called ligaments. These may get injured after a sudden fall or repetitive twisting motions. The most commonly injured ligaments/soft tissues in the wrist are the scapholunate ligament (on the back of your wrist) or the TFCC (which is on the side of the wrist near the knobby bone called the ulna bone)?. Oftentimes the X-rays are normal and these injuries can be detected by pressing on the area that hurts or an MRI scan.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when there’s increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel, a passageway in the palm side of your wrist. You may experience numbness and tingling at night, when driving, or when holding your phone in your thumb, index, and long fingers that may get better when you shake your hand.
  • Ganglion cysts. These soft tissue cysts occur most often on the part of your wrist opposite your palm. Ganglion cysts may be painful, and pain may either worsen or improve with activity.
  • Kienbock’s disease. This disorder typically affects young adults and involves the progressive collapse of one of the small bones in the wrist. Kienbock’s disease occurs when the blood supply to this bone is compromised.

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