Causes of Hand & Wrist Pain
We can easily take them for granted, but our hands are complex structures. Each hand contains 27 bones, along with the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues to make everything work.
Having many components and moving parts unfortunately means that many different types of problems can develop. Pain can develop suddenly or be a chronic problem and can be felt in different ways including sharp jolts, dull aches, or tingling numbness.
Wrist and hand pain might arise as part of a sports injury, through repetitive work, or through certain diseases and conditions. Some of the specific injuries and conditions that can result in hand or wrist pain include:
There are more than 100 different types of arthritic conditions. Osteoarthritis is the most common of the lot, and the one people usually associate with the general term “arthritis.”
This type of arthritis develops due to mechanical “wear and tear” against the protective cartilage covering the ends of bones in a joint. Without the cushioning normally provided by the cartilage, the joints become painful and swollen.
The risk of osteoarthritis – particularly in the wrist – tends to be greater for those who have had previous trauma to bones and joints in the area, such as fractures or severe/recurring sprains.
Whereas osteoarthritis develops over time in response to normal wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system starts to attack the tissues meant to protect our joints. It is not fully known yet why this happens, but the disorder commonly affects wrists – often both wrists concurrently.
Sudden traumas are certainly not uncommon. A common scenario leading to wrist injury is our instinct to try and catch ourselves with our hands while falling. This might protect other body parts but can easily cause sprains or fractures in the wrists and hands.