Sore Wrist

Common Causes of a Sore Wrist


A sore wrist can occur for many reasons and is a common ailment for many people. The wrist is comprised of eight bones connected to the arm by ligaments and tendons. Any damage to these bones, tendons, ligaments, or the muscles that surround them can result in a sore wrist. This type of damage can be caused by injuries, stress from repetitious movements or medical disorders. While most cases of soreness in the wrist will heal in a few days, some more serious conditions should be treated to avoid chronic and long term disabilities that may affect movement and use of the wrist. Severe pain or pain that lasts for several days may warrant a trip to the doctor’s office.


One of the most common causes of wrist soreness is injury. Strains, sprains and fractures of the wrist can occur from many different activities like sports, work, or accidents. Minor pain from injury should be treated with the RICE method. Rest the injured wrist, use ice and a compression wrap to reduce pain. Elevating the wrist will also help with pain and inflammation. Over the counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications may also help with minor wrist pain. Severe fractures that leave the wrist with discoloration, deformity or intense pain should be checked out.


Stress on the tendons and ligaments of the wrist can arise from repetitive movements. This stress can cause tiny fractures to develop or cause inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joints. Any repetitive action may create this problem if it is performed for long periods of time without rest.


Other medical conditions can also affect the wrist and cause pain and soreness. Rheumatoid arthritis is a medical condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks its own tissues. This causes pain and inflammation of the tissues and results in difficultly with movement and an overall soreness. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many parts of the body including the wrists. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when inflamed tissues, possibly from repetitive movements, place pressure on the medial nerve that runs through the wrist, causing inflammation, pain, loss of movement and tingling sensations.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may also appear during the later stages of pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Ganglion cysts are cysts that appear in the body’s soft tissue and are often found growing on the wrist. These cysts can be painful as well. Kienbock’s disease is rare but causes a great deal of damage to the wrist bones. The small bones in the wrist begin to degenerate and collapse due to a compromised blood supply to the area. This also causes pain and soreness to develop. People with past injuries or improperly healed injuries to the wrist may develop Osteoarthritis. This occurs as improperly aligned joints or scar tissue creates wear and tear on the joints that move the wrist. Osteoarthritis cause chronic soreness and pain that gets worse with movement and time.


Treatments for sore wrists may vary according to the extent and type of wrist injury. Pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by your doctor. Physical therapy and rehabilitation may be needed to ensure that there will be no future problems with the wrist as well. Serious wrist injuries may require surgery. You can help to prevent getting a sore wrist by attempting to avoid injuries by wearing proper safety gear during activities where you may fall, avoiding repetitious movements, developing good bone strength through calcium intake and taking advantage of ergonomically designed products. Wrists are very susceptible to injuries and ailments, so avoid complicating movement problems and painful feelings by taking good care of your wrists.