Wrist pain can occur for many reasons, but often it’s caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive stress injury. Other common causes of wrist pain include injuries due to falls. But wrist pain can happen for other reasons too, such as arthritis, or the effects of aging, or gout. The type of wrist pain you have and its severity depend on what caused it—for example, if you fell and sprained or fractured your wrist, the pain can be focused and severe. However, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may describe the sensation as more of a painful tingling or “pins and needles” feeling. Because so many things can cause wrist pain, it’s important to see a wrist doctor skilled at accurately diagnosing and treating wrist injuries.
When to Visit a Wrist Doctor Near You
You should contact a wrist doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Inability to move the wrist normally because of weakness
- Inability to turn or twist the wrist
- Lump on your wrist
- “Pins and needles” feeling
- Tingling in the fingers
- Wrist feels wobbly or unstable
- Wrist is fatigued, sore, or numb
- Wrist pain occurs while typing, playing a musical instrument, or doing handwork
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a wrist doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our wrist doctors and wrist surgeons offer treatments for wrist problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our wrist doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s disease
- De Quervain’s disease
- Ganglion cysts
- Repetitive motion syndrome
- Strains or sprains
- Tendon pain
- Trigger finger or thumb
If your wrist is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our wrist doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the wrist and wrist surgery. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our wrist doctors are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs. With this advanced training, our hand and wrist doctors and surgeons, Dr. Gregory D. Byrd, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Adam Graver, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, and Dr. Ryan E. Will, have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your hand injury or condition.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center, we offer consultations with a hand doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athlete.
Wrist Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your wrist joints:
- Wear Wrist Guards: If you participate in a sport where there is high risk of falling on your wrist—such as snowboarding, skiing, or skating—always wear wrist guards.
- Type With Care: When you type, position your forearms parallel to the floor or slightly lowered, and keep your fingers lower than your wrists to help avoid wrist pain. Also, stretch your fingers, hands, and wrist, frequently during your typing session to help avoid wrist pain.
- Reduce Risk of Falls: Many wrist injuries occur when a person falls then uses a hand to break the fall. Assess your home or workplace for tripping hazards and remove them to reduce the chance of falls. Also, if you have an older person you care for, do the same for them, since seniors are at very high risk of falls.