Did you injure yourself while working or did you fall on your outstretched hand? Scaphoid fracture is a very common cause of wrist joint pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also a common cause of wrist pain.
You may feel aching, burning, numbness, or tingling in your palm, wrist, thumb, or fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when an important nerve (called the median nerve) gets compressed at the wrist because of swelling.
Arthritis is another common cause of wrist pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are many types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs with age and overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis generally affects both wrists. Psoriatic arthritis accompanies psoriasis.
Other common causes of wrist pain include gout, pseudogout, De Quervain's disease and Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis.
Confirmatory diagnosis can be made after physical examination, X-Rays and blood tests. Till that, rest your wrist and keep it elevated, apply ice to the tender and swollen area and take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.You can also wear a splint for some days.
Pls consult an orthopaedician for confirmatory diagnosis and treatment.
Do keep us posted!
I don't think my last post took so I'll try again. Apologies if it double posts.
Having done a little more research I can identify the area as that which is associated with "Intersection Syndrome".
I believe I hurt it when I slipped and supported my full weight, preventing a fall, by my hand alone, and twisted it a little.
The swelling is entirely gone now and only some mild pain with use, and the creaking which is less severe but returns with use when I bend my wrist, remains.
Do you think a.s.a. will be of benefit at this point? I have a.c.&c. on hand.
Seeing my doctor is a problem because he's far away, and I have to get back to work asap!
I'm most concerned about the severity of the injury and making sure it heals properly. Also what sort of exercise I should do and when, to make it strong after it's healed.
Must go out soon but will be back, thanks kindd. :)
As there was a fall on the outstretched hand, it can be a ligament sprain or tear, a scaphoid fracture or a cartilage tear.
Some wrist injuries can be diagnosed with a medical history and careful examination of the painful area. For example, your doctor can often detect an injury to a ligament simply by examining your hand. Ligament injuries don't always show up on imaging tests.
In case of scaphoid fracture, definitely an X-Ray is needed.
Minor sprains and cartilage tears generally heal on their own with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. More severe sprains or ligament tears may need splinting or surgery depending on the extent of damage. In scaphoid fracture, orthopedists usually treat the injury with cast immobilization to see if the fracture heals in a timely manner. If it does not heal, surgery can be considered.
So definitely an orthopaedician’s advice is required.
Take care and God bless.
Ooops, miscommunication!...I stopped myself from falling by hanging on with my hand.
Please do so if you feel you should add anything; it is much improved now.
I'm still using the split and gentle movement of the wrist seems smooth.
I will see what I can do about getting it looked at.
Thanks again, and I will be more careful.