Wrist injuries are a very common problem, especially since we are using our hands most of the time. In some cases, however, these injuries can be a sign of some more serious health problem.
A wrist injury may be an indicator of inflammation, infection, cysts, abnormal growths, and tumors. If the injury is not healing for a long period of time, it can be caused by bone fractures, strains, sprains, bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis, as well as malignant or benign growth.
This doesn’t mean that every injury is a sign of some severe condition. Nevertheless, if you experience any pain and swelling in your wrist, you should immediately visit your doctor because an early diagnosis is essential for proper treatment.
Here are the main underlying causes of wrist injuries.
Lipomas are slow-growing benign tumors that can appear in the wrist, as well as on the palm. These tumors are generally very debilitating, and they may make you unable to extend your fingers.
The lipomas are typically accompanied by an increased pain and sensitivity.
Tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath, or synovium, which surrounds a tendon. This inflammation is most commonly caused by microtrauma or stress.
The people with physical jobs have an increased risk of developing tenosynovitis. The inflammation usually affects the abductor muscle and the short extensor in the thumb. This can thicken the ligament and damage the synovium.
This condition is caused by a formation of tumors in the hand. The tumors usually develop in the thumb, index and middle finger.
However, they can also form in the wrists, knees, ankles, shoulders, and spine. In most cases, these tumors don’t cause any pain.
De Quervain’s Syndrome
De Quervain’s syndrome is a painful disease that causes swelling and soreness in the wrist, as well as cysts and nodules.
This condition affects the extensor ligament of the thumb. The ligament can get thickened up to twice its size, which will make any movement of the wrist extremely painful.