Causes of Experiencing Sharp Pain in Wrist | Ivy Rehab

Common Causes For Sharp Pain in Wrists

Having a sharp pain in your wrist is not normal; it’s important to investigate the source of the pain immediately, so you can prevent it in the future. Many of us might assume that sharp pain in wrists comes simply from typing heavily on a keyboard, working in the office for a long period of time with their wrist bent, or other work routines that cause wrist and sometimes hand pain. However, this wrist pain when bending could actually be caused by a deeper, underlying pain trigger known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Below, we’ll discuss common causes of wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and carpal tunnel prevention

Why do I have sharp pain in my wrist?

What causes wrist pain? When you are experiencing wrist pain when bending your hand or wrist, it may be due to a significant amount of pressure or repetitive stress that’s placed on your hand and wrist joints, where joints are bent for an extended period of time. This can be caused by your sleep position, activities such as repetitive hand movements over time, arthritis, or a possible wrist injury or wrist fracture. On the palm-side of your wrist, you’ll find a nerve tunnel known as the carpal tunnel. Nerves run all throughout the tunnels in our hands and wrists, and a nerve called the “median nerve” runs through this particular carpal tunnel. When the carpal tunnel in the wrist is squeezed for extended periods of time, or swollen nerves pinch it, you’ll begin to experience severe pain in your wrists.

What does tendonitis feel like in the wrist?

Wrist tendonitis is an inflammation of the wrist tendons, also typically caused by overuse or awkward bent angles. While carpal tunnel is caused by compression of the nerve, tendonitis is inflammation. The location of your wrist pain and wrist discomfort can help pinpoint exactly what your wrist pain cause is. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs on the palm side of the wrist, potentially with a tingling that moves to the thumb, index, and middle fingers, while wrist tendonitis occurs on the other side of the wrist. There may be numbness in the pinky finger instead, which could be the result of an inflamed flexor tendon. If you want to stop waking up with numb hands, there are steps you can take to treat your wrist pain. 

How do you treat wrist pain?

Chronic wrist pain can be treated in a few ways. It’s important to try to avoid pinching the carpal tunnel, and one item that is really beneficial for this is a wrist splint. A wrist splint works effectively by holding the wrist in a neutral position so nerves can flow freely in your wrist. If you are experiencing a lot of pain and swelling, a cold pack can help to reduce this. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen may also help to reduce the sharp pain in wrist.

When should I see a doctor for wrist pain?

A professional doctorate of physical therapy can help evaluate the cause of your wrist problems and assist with solutions. If you have tried the above treatments and are still experiencing severe pain in the wrist or looking for additional ways to prevent sharp pains while bending the wrist in the future, a physical therapist or occupational therapist can help. The Ivy Rehab Network has many clinics and therapists that are experts in the hand & wrist, and can help alleviate chronic wrist pain. Our specialists know how to treat sharp pain in the wrist with nonsurgical treatment so relieve swelling and numbness. You can book an appointment at your nearest location by clicking here


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