Wrist Pain

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wrist pain is a common complaint that has many causes. In order for proper treatment, the cause must be identified. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about wrist pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Wrist pain is often caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. But it can also result from long-term problems, such as repetitive stress, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Because so many factors can lead to wrist pain, diagnosing the exact cause can sometimes be difficult. But an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper treatment.

Wrist pain may vary, depending on whats causing it. Osteoarthritis pain is often described as being similar to a dull toothache, while carpal tunnel syndrome usually causes a pins-and-needles feeling, especially at night. The precise location of your wrist pain also can give clues to what might be causing your symptoms.

Not all wrist pain requires medical care. Minor sprains and strains, for instance, usually respond to ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications. But if pain and swelling last longer than a few days or become worse, see your doctor.

Treatments for wrist problems may include medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, therapy or, in some cases, surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.