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Wrist Pain

There are many possible causes of wrist pain. In some cases, wrist pain can be a sign of a more serious health problem. Because there are multiple possible causes of wrist pain, it's important to speak with a wrist specialist. 

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Failing to address wrist pain risks more problems developing over time. An SOS wrist specialist can diagnose a patient's wrist pain, and develop a total orthopedic care plan that's individualized for each patient's needs. 

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Wrist Pain Causes
Below are conditions that are common causes of wrist pain.

To learn more about a specific condition, and to better understand the wrist pain that you or your loved one are experiencing, click on a condition below. 

What is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also referred to as simply "carpal tunnel," is a type of nerve pressure.

To understand carpal tunnel syndrome, it's essential to understand what the carpal tunnel is. The carpal tunnel goes from the wrist to the end of the hand. The median nerve controls feeling and movement in the hand. When pressure develops in the median nerve, the carpal tunnel is narrowed, causing swelling. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Wrist pain,
  • A burning sensation felt in the palm of the hand and fingers
  • A tingling sensation felt in the palm of the hand and fingers,
  • Numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers, particularly during the night time

Patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may experience additional symptoms, such as:

  • Slower nerve impulses,
  • Numb fingers,
  • Loss of strength and coordination, particularly with the ability to use thumbs or to pinch

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent muscle damage and loss of function for parts of the hand. 

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes

There are many possible carpal tunnel syndrome causes, such as:

  • Repetitive motion, such as typing or any action that requires your hands to be lower than your wrist
  • Certain medical conditions, like hypothyroidism, obesity, diabetes or arthritis
  • Pregnancy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

The SOS wrist pain specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating patients who experience carpal tunnel syndrome. 

There are a wide range of carpal tunnel treatments. Certain carpal tunnel syndrome treatments are more suitable for certain patients, depending on the severity of an individual patient's carpal tunnel. 

Icing and resting the wrist

One type of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is to put ice on the affected wrist for 10 to 15 minutes during each hour of the day.

Resting hands and wrists as much as possible can also help to provide wrist pain relief associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

While ice and rest can help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, other treatments may be necessary for long term wrist pain relief. 

Wrist Braces for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

An SOS wrist pain specialist can fit you or your loved one for wrist braces as a form of treatment for mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist braces should be used for 3 to 4 weeks to achieve improvement in symptoms. 

Changing Routine Behavior

Using a different approach to activities that aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome can provide patients with needed wrist pain relief.

Taking routine breaks for hand stretches can help with wrist pain related to carpal tunnel.

If carpal tunnel is associated with work activities, such as typing, patients may want to ask their manager if they can make changes to the workstation. 

If possible, patients who experience wrist pain from carpal tunnel may also try to alternate between hands when working on certain tasks. 

Good posture, with patients avoiding rolling their shoulders forward, can also help to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. 

Steroids for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Some patients may benefit from certain steroids as a form of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment. Steroids can reduce swelling and wrist pain.

Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

The SOS team of physical therapists can work with you or your loved one to provide expert, personalized care for carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes an SOS physical therapist developing an exercise plan to relieve stress on a patient's hands and wrists. 

Additionally, an SOS physical therapist may recommend yoga for carpal tunnel syndrome symptom relief. 

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If carpal tunnel syndrome and associated symptoms, such as wrist pain, persists after other forms of treatment, carpal tunnel surgery may be necessary to achieve desired symptom relief. 

SOS prioritizes conservative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome patients. When carpal tunnel syndrome is severe enough to the point that surgery is the best treatment option, patients can be confident in the total orthopedic care provided by SOS wrist surgeons. 

SOS wrist surgeons are experienced in carpal tunnel surgery. 

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The wrist pain specialists at SOS can diagnose, care for and treat patients who experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Whether you know you or your loved one's wrist pain is being caused by carpal tunnel, or you or your loved one's wrist pain is associated with other carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms and are looking for diagnosis and treatment, an SOS wrist pain specialist can provide the care you or your loved one need.

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition where a patient's joints become inflamed. To understand arthritis, it's necessary to understand the different types of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage in a joint breaks down.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the lining of joints. 

Wrist pain is one symptom of arthritis of the wrist (also referred to as "wrist arthritis").

Wrist Arthritis Symptoms

Wrist arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Wrist pain,
  • Swelling in the wrist,
  • Decreased range of motion in the wrist,
  • A stiff sensation in the wrist,
  • Joint weakness

If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms, it's important to speak to an SOS wrist pain specialist. SOS wrist specialists are experienced in diagnosing and caring for patients with wrist arthritis. 

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Wrist Arthritis Causes


Identifying the cause of wrist arthritis begins with understanding the causes of the different types of arthritis. 

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear to joint cartilage. This wear and tear can be caused by aging, a joint injury or infection. 

Rheumatoid arthritis develops when a patient's immune system targets the lining of the joint capsule. 

Certain types of people are more likely to develop arthritis. For example, patients who have relatives who have or had arthritis are more likely to develop the condition. Additionally, the risk of developing arthritis increases as a patient gets older. Patients who have injured their joints in the past are also more likely to develop arthritis. Obese patients are also at a higher risk for arthritis. 

Wrist Arthritis Treatment

While wrist arthritis does not have a cure, a wrist pain doctor can help patients improve their quality of life and achieve symptom relief.

Common wrist arthritis treatments include:

  • Changing how a patient does certain activities that make wrist arthritis symptoms worse,
  • Using a wrist splint,
  • Anti-inflammatory medications,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Steroid injections 

Wrist Arthritis Surgery

In addition, patients who do not achieve desired symptom relief may benefit from surgery. While SOS prioritizes conservative wrist arthritis treatment prior to surgery, an SOS wrist surgeon can help improve a patient's quality of life.

Is You or Your Loved One's Wrist Pain Due to Wrist Arthritis? Talk With an SOS Wrist Specialist

The team of wrist doctors and wrist pain specialists at SOS can diagnose and create a personal care plan for you or your loved one's wrist arthritis. 

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What is a Ganglion Cyst?

A Ganglion cyst is a type of tumor that is located on top of a joint. A Ganglion cyst can also develop in a way that covers a tendon, which is the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Like other types of cysts, a Ganglion cyst is made up of a sac of liquid that contains a thick, jelly-like material. 

The most common place for a Ganglion cyst to develop is on the back of the hand at the wrist joint, or on the palm side of the wrist. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing wrist pain that may be caused by a Ganglion cyst, an SOS wrist pain specialist can help. 

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Ganglion Cyst Symptoms

Symptoms of a Ganglion cyst include:

  • The cyst looks like a bump that changes in size,
  • The cyst is soft and doesn't move,
  • Swelling appears gradually or suddenly, and may reduce then return later,
  • Wrist pain,

Additionally, some patients may experience no symptoms other than the visible cyst. 

Ganglion Cyst Causes

One possible cause of a Ganglion cyst is damage to the tissue of a joint, causing the joint to break down and form small cysts that then form in to a single, larger cyst. 

Another possible cause of a Ganglion cyst is a deformity in a joint capsule or tendon, allowing the joint tissue to bulge.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment 

While some Ganglion cysts can disappear naturally, Ganglion cysts can also risk further complications, so it's best to seek medical attention.

Some forms of Ganglion cyst treatment include:

  • Using a needle to remove the liquid in the cyst, then injecting anti-inflammatory medication,
  • Ganglion cyst removal surgery

Ganglion Cyst Surgery

Patients whose medical provider has used a needle to remove liquid in the cyst with the cyst re-appearing after treatment may benefit from Ganglion cyst removal surgery. Additionally, Ganglion cyst surgery may be best for patients who experience persistent wrist pain, or who have experienced a loss of function in their hand or fingers. 

See an SOS Wrist Pain Specialist About a Ganglion Cyst

The experienced wrist pain specialists at SOS can help patients who have developed a Ganglion cyst. SOS can diagnose, care for and treat you or your loved one's Ganglion cyst. 

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What is a Sprained Wrist?

A sprained wrist is a type of orthopedic injury where the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand are partially or completely torn. 

SOS wrist doctors are experienced in caring for wrist sprains. 

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Sprained Wrist Symptoms

Common sprained wrist symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Wrist pain,
  • Wrist swelling,
  • A tender, warm sensation near the part of the body where the injury occurred, 
  • A pop or tear sensation in the wrist,
  • Bruising,

To prevent the risk of a sprained wrist becoming more severe, it's important to seek medical attention. 

While a sprained wrist is not a medical emergency, the wrist pain associated with a sprained wrist can be extremely bothersome. For immediate medical care for a sprained wrist, get driving directions to an SOS PLUS office near you.

Sprained Wrist Causes

A sprained wrist develops from an impact or trauma to the wrist. This includes:

  • the wrist being hit,
  • the wrist being twisted or experiencing extreme pressure

Because of this, a sprained wrist is a common type of athletic injury. Sports where a sprained wrist are common include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Basketball,
  • Baseball,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Diving,
  • Skiing,
  • Skateboarding

Sprained Wrist Treatment

Treatment for a sprained wrist depends on the severity.

A common treatment that also applies for a sprained wrist is RICE -- Rest, Ice, Compress (with a bandage), and Elevate (keep your wrist elevated above your heart with a pillow).

For a more severe sprained wrist, treatment options may include:

Sprained Wrist Surgery

If a sprained wrist is severe to the point that the ligament is snapped, surgery may be necessary. 

The team of SOS wrist surgeons are experienced in performing sprained wrist surgeries. Sprained wrist surgery may be necessary for a complete recovery.

You or Your Loved One's Wrist Pain May Be Caused By a Sprained Wrist. See an SOS Wrist Doctor.

The wrist doctors at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) can diagnose, care for and treat a sprained wrist. 

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What is Wrist Tendinitis?

Wrist tendinitis develops when a tendon (which connects muscle to bone) becomes inflamed. This inflammation can result in wrist pain. 

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Wrist Tendinitis Symptoms

Common wrist tendinitis symptoms include:

  • Wrist pain, particularly wrist pain that aches when moving the hand or wrist,
  • Wrist tenderness,
  • Swelling,

Wrist Tendinitis Causes

Wrist tendinitis is a common overuse injury. This means that wrist tendinitis is often caused by repeating a specific movement frequently over a long period of time. For example, certain occupations or hobbies may cause wrist tendinitis from repetitive motions. 

Because of this, wrist tendinitis is common for people who participate in the following sports:

  • Tennis,
  • Swimming,
  • Golf,
  • Bowling,
  • Basketball,
  • Baseball

Wrist Tendinitis Treatment

Depending on severity, wrist tendinitis treatment options may include:

Wrist Tendinitis Surgery

If other wrist tendinitis treatment options do not provide sufficient wrist pain relief or condition improvement, wrist tendinitis surgery may be necessary. 

SOS wrist surgeons are experienced in performing wrist tendinitis surgery. 

If You or Your Loved One's Wrist Pain is a Result of Wrist Tendinitis, See a Wrist Doctor near Syracuse, NY or Surrounding Areas

The SOS team of wrist doctors are experienced in diagnosing, caring for and treating wrist tendinitis. 

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Whether You Know the Cause of Your Wrist Pain, Or You Need a Diagnosis, See an SOS Wrist Doctor 

The causes of wrist pain are not limited to the conditions listed above. The SOS wrist doctors are experienced in helping patients achieve wrist pain relief. 

Our wrist pain specialists can diagnose the cause of you or your loved one's wrist pain. An SOS wrist doctor will then develop a personalized care plan, empowering you or your loved one to manage or treat the cause of your wrist pain. 

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