Why You Shouldn't Ignore Wrist Pain

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Wrist Pain

Pain is not a minor inconvenience to just get over. It is often a sign something is seriously wrong, and the sooner you address it, the more likely you can find resolution without complications.

Wrist pain is no different than pain in another joint, like the knee or hip. When it flares up, your movements and daily activities are limited. Constant pain can make you irritable and tired. 

Don’t ignore wrist pain; in many cases, it doesn’t just go away. Contact our orthopedic team at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland, to have your painful wrist evaluated. We can provide early treatment and help you alleviate your symptoms and relieve any dysfunction.

Concerning symptoms

Wrist pain often develops gradually. Contact us as soon as you notice symptoms like: 

These symptoms can indicate damage to a nerve or connective tissue.

Ignoring pain can lead to complications

When you come to us at the first signs of pain, we can offer conservative methods of treatment like physical therapy, bracing, or injections. Oftentimes, these methods successfully resolve your pain and function without invasive surgery and prevent long-term dysfunction.

But if you wait too long, the condition may advance and the pain may become so severe that your only choice is surgery.

Living with pain is, well, a pain

You may think that your wrist isn’t so important to your daily function and that the pain won’t cause much interruption to your day. Your wrist is instrumental in typing, using a cell phone, and grasping objects. 

Your wrist may be essential for your ability to do your job well, especially if you’re a painter or landscaper. Your wrist is also essential when you want to open jars, put away groceries, or vacuum the living room. 

Wrist pain can extend to your fingers and hand. 

Common causes of wrist pain

Your wrist pain may be indicative of a serious condition, like carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the primary nerve in your arm, the median nerve, gets compressed at the wrist due to swelling in the carpal tunnel. This can cause dysfunction in your fingers and hands. 

Arthritis is degeneration of the wrist joint itself. Arthritis may be due to wear and tear at the joint in the case of osteoarthritis, or due to an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis. Staying on top of arthritis pain can help you stay functional despite the condition. 

Wrist pain may also indicate a severe sprain, tendinitis, bone fracture, or other injury. Getting expert care for these injuries helps them heal faster and can help prevent long-term pain or deformities in your wrist. 

If you have wrist pain, don’t just wait for it to get worse. Call our Bethesda or Germantown, Maryland, office or set up an appointment here.

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