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If you’re suffering from pain with your wrist, it can really get in the way of everyday life.

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Many tasks involve using this joint, from heavy lifting to typing at a computer and even opening a door. As such, you’ll want to deal with any pain or discomfort as quickly as possible.

Our doctors can see you in minutes and discuss your symptoms. They’ll work out what might have caused your wrist pain and recommend steps you can take to heal the joint and prevent further injury.

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What could be causing your wrist pain?

There are a number of possible reasons for wrist pain, discomfort, stiffness or loss of movement, which is why it’s so important to get a diagnosis from an experienced doctor. Potential causes include:

  • A broken bone - The most obvious reason, and one that’ll you’ll probably know about when it happens! A broken wrist is very painful and usually occurs when you fall and put your full weight on your outstretched arm.
  • Sprain or strain - This will still hurt, but it’s not as serious as a break. Our doctors may need to refer you for an x-ray in order to make a final diagnosis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis - A form of arthritis where your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue around your joints, causing them to become swollen and sore.
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI) - Usually associated with the workplace, an RSI may occur if you repeat the same action frequently.
  • Tenosynovitis - A condition where the sheath around a tendon becomes swollen, leading to discomfort around the affected joint. The medical term for tenosynovitis of the wrist is De Quervain’s Disease.
  • Ganglion - A pus or fluid-filled lump that occurs near a tendon. These are particularly common in the wrist.
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Treatment for wrist pain

Naturally, with so many possible causes your treatment will depend entirely on the diagnosis you’re given.

A broken bone will often require a cast and a course of painkillers. Broken wrists may take between six and eight weeks to heal, while they’ll also need time to return to full strength once the cast comes off.

Rheumatoid arthritis can’t be cured, but it can be managed with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. For this and other tendon-related conditions, you’ll need to discuss your options with a doctor to see which would work best for you.

In some cases, your problem will away with minimal treatment. Some ganglions go away by themselves (if they don’t, there are minor surgical procedures you can have to drain them), while the usual treatment for an RSI is to stop doing whatever it was that caused the pain in the first place.

With Push Doctor, there’s no need to guess. Just book an appointment at a time to suit you, find out what the problem is and get immediate, effective advice on what to do next.

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