Dr. Victoria D. Knoll is a renowned hand surgeon specializing in the treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions. She has extensive experience in diagnosing, assessing and treating acute or chronic wrist pain.

Wrist Pain

The wrist joint comprises of several small bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and is quite susceptible to injury due to its extensive use. Wrist pain is a common orthopedic problem caused due to sprains, fractures, dislocations or repetitive stress. The condition is often seen in people who require repetitive wrist movements, such as painting, typing or playing racquet sports.

Causes Of Wrist Pain

  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome: A common cause of pain is when the median nerve present in the wrist gets compressed due to swelling. This may be a result of excessive weight gain, continuous use of the hand such as while playing racquet sports, using keyboard, sewing, writing etc., Arthritis or Diabetes.
  • Tendonitis: This condition occurs due to the inflammation in the tendon sheath. When the thick cords between muscles and bones get irritated or swollen, it causes pain in the wrist.
  • Bursitis: Bursae is the fluid filled sac that helps in reducing friction between muscles, tendons and the bones. Any inflammation or injury here can also lead to wrist pain.
  • Arthritis: Various types of Arthritis such as Rheumatoid, Gout, Osteoarthritis can affect the wrist joint and cause pain.
  • Injury: A wrist injury due to a fall or accident can lead to sprain or fracture.

Symptoms Of Wrist Pain

  • Severe and constant pain
  • Inability to do routine tasks
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Swollen fingers
  • Difficulty gripping or lifting objects
  • Inability to straighten or bend the joint
  • Pins and needles sensation in the wrist
  • Swelling and redness
  • Warm sensation around the wrist

Treatment For Wrist Pain

  • Rest: The orthopedic doctor may suggest giving rest to the affected wrist to allow the inflamed muscles and ligaments to heal.  
  • Activity Modification: Avoiding activities that may strain the wrist, such as lifting heavy objects, participating in sports, typing etc. may provide relief from pain.
  • Cold And Hot Compression: Applying ice packs or hot pads may also be beneficial in reducing swelling and pain.
  • Wrist Support: Wearing wrist braces or splints can help to provide support to the wrist and restrict jerky movements.
  • Medication: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to provide relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment is rarely recommended for wrist pain. However, if the condition is caused due to some underlying medical condition or when conservative options fail to provide relief, surgery may be beneficial.    

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of wrist pain, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the wrist doctor, you can call at (972) 985 - 1072 (for Plano) and (214) 618 - 5502 (for Frisco).