Wrist Pathologies


Common wrist pathologies include:

  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist, leading to numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand.
  2. Wrist Tendonitis: This is inflammation or irritation of the tendons around the wrist joint, causing pain and swelling.
  3. Wrist Bursitis: This is inflammation of the bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that cushions the bones, tendons, and muscles around the wrist joint.
  4. Wrist Arthritis: This includes osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease), and post-traumatic arthritis (which occurs after an injury).
  5. Ganglion Cysts: These are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands.
  6. Wrist Sprains: These are common injuries that occur when the ligaments that hold the wrist bones together are stretched or torn.
  7. Wrist Fractures: These include fractures of the distal radius (one of the most common types of wrist fractures), scaphoid fractures, and other carpal bone fractures.
  8. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: This condition causes pain and swelling in the wrist and the base of the thumb, due to inflammation of the tendons.
  9. Kienböck’s Disease: This is a rare condition that typically affects young adults and involves the progressive collapse of one of the small bones in the wrist (the lunate).
  10. Wrist Synovitis: This is inflammation of the synovial membrane that surrounds the wrist joint, causing pain and swelling.