Wrist injuries are very common as we use our hands most of the time, however some of them might be an indication of another bigger problem. Wrist injuries can occur as a result of inflammation, a broken bone, infections, abnormal growths and cysts as well as tumors. Not every injury is that serious, but you need to learn to pay attention to the signs and know when to consult a doctor.
Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis as well as sprains, strains and bone fractures can cause swollen wrist. The reason can also be a benign or malignant growth, which is why we recommend visiting a doctor if the injury doesn’t heal.
Here are the main causes of wrist injuries:
Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath (synovium) that surrounds a tendon. The inflammation is commonly caused by a microtrauma or stress. People with physical jobs are at high risk of tenosynovitis. What can damage the sheath is the fact that by the inflammation are affected the abductor muscle and the short extensor in the thumb.
De Quervain syndrome
Besides causing nodules and cysts this unusual disease can cause swelling and soreness in the wrist. The affected part of the wrist is the extensor ligament of the thumb which is responsible for moving the thumbs up and outwards. The syndrome will thicken your ligament up to twice its size and make any wrist movement extremely painful.
This condition usually occurs in the thumb, medium and index finger and it is caused by tumors in the hand. They can also occur in the knees, shoulders, spine, hip and wrist. In most of the cases they are painless.
Enlarged ganglions in the wrists are lumps linked to degeneration of a synovial cyst or some other connective tissue or fibrous structure next to the joint, usually a ligament or tendon. This may be connected to a past trauma, with 50-70% of the lumps on the wrists being gangliomas. They usually grow up to 2.5 cm. in size.
They are benign tumors that occurs on the wrist that may also appear on the palm. They can be very debilitating and might render you unable to extend your fingers. Lipomas are always accompanied by pain and an increased sensitivity.
The treatment for wrist injuries depends on the severity and the cause of the problem. If the injury is annoying and painful, it can be treated with painkillers. However, if it causes bigger problems, it may require a surgery. This is why it’s important to recognize the problem on time and consult with a doctor for the appropriate therapy.
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