Types of Wrist Injury

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The wrist is a complex joint with some very delicate parts. The majority of wrist injuries are overuse injuries which develop gradually and are caused by your regular activities. The wrist is also susceptible to sprains, strains, and fractures, which often occur during a fall. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps can minimize your wrist injury.

Wrist Sprains

Wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments are overstretched or torn. A sprained wrist is a very common injury, but it is worth getting it checked out to make sure that the injury does not need medical treatment.

The most common cause of wrist sprain is falling on an outstretched hand. Wrist sprain can also occur while playing sports or in a car accident.

Wrist Strains

Wrist strain is similar to a sprain, but the injury is to the muscle rather than the ligament.


A wrist fracture can have very serious consequences if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. The wrist contains two large bones and eight small bones. Wrist fracture can go unrecognized, mistaken for a minor sprain, and therefore untreated. When left untreated a wrist fracture may not heal properly and surgery may be required.

Fractures occur in the same ways that sprains occur, and can have the same symptoms.


Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. Wrist tendons pass through sheaths called tenosynovium. Wrist tendonitis is sometimes caused by thickening of the tenosynovium which constricts and irritates the tendon.

DeQuervain's tenosynovitis is a specific form of wrist tendonitis that causes inflammation at the base of the thumb. It is an overuse injury, and common in new mothers.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a well-known overuse injury. It is typically thought of as being a computer injury, which it certainly can be, but it is also caused by repetitive stress in sports such as tennis and bowling.

Handlebar Palsy

Ulnar neuropathy, commonly referred to as handlebar palsy or cycler's palsy, is inflammation of the ulnar nerve. It is a common injury in bicyclists, but other people can get it too. Vibration and impact to the wrists cause compression and irritation of this nerve.

Ulnar neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, and pain on the little finger side of the hand, wrist, and arm.

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