The wrist consists of several ligaments and joints in between the hand and forearm, as well as the distal end of two larger bones called the ulna and the radius. Its anatomical structure is supposed to provide flexibility and strength so that you can move your hand back and forth, or grab and grip items with ease.
The most common reason for wrist injuries is a bone fracture when you have overexerted the use of your hand. However, wrist injuries may also happen because of repetitive stress that may result in carpal tunnel syndrome, or the inflammation of the tendons – as in the case of a patient with arthritis, or De Quervain tendinosis.
The most common type of wrist injury is a fracture. Others include wrist sprain, strain, and wrist tendinitis.
Some symptoms of wrist injuries are easy to disregard, especially if the pain is still bearable. However, it all starts with pain and discomfort, which could progress to the swelling of the wrist, along with some numbness, dullness, or tingling sensation. Some discoloration may also be present.
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