It’s Not Always Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you struggle with wrist pain? People often think they have carpal tunnel syndrome, however that is only one of many possibilities.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific condition that occurs when there is compression of the median nerve as it courses through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This typically causes pain, numbness, and sometimes weakness in the lateral portion of the hand.

Another common cause of wrist pain is tenosynovitis, an injury to the tendon and its lining. This can occur suddenly or gradually with overuse in people who work with their hands. Depending on the muscle involved, specific movements will be painful. For example, there are 6 dorsal compartments of the wrist, each containing different tendons. The 1st dorsal compartment contains the “extensor pollicus brevis” and “abductor pollicus longus”. Injury to the 1st compartment results in de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, causing tenderness at the base of the thumb and pain with making a fist.

Whether you have wrist pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, a wrist sprain, or fracture, each of these conditions requires diagnosis by a professional. At Scottsdale Sports Medicine we can determine the cause of your symptoms and prescribe a treatment plan tailored exactly to what you need. Wrist pain does not always mean carpal tunnel syndrome. Call 480-664-4615 to get evaluated!

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