Hand and wrist pain - Causes and Symptoms

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Pain in the hand and wrist is a symptom that can recognize traumatic, articular, extra-articular, vascular and neurological causes. It typically occurs in acute injuries, such as fractures, dislocations and sprains, or chronic trauma. Furthermore, a common complication of falls in patients with osteoporosis (Colles fracture) should be considered. In case of joint involvement, pain in the hand and wrist is often associated with edema and tenderness at the joint.

Possible causes also include inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, etc.) and non-arthritis. Sometimes, pain in the hand and wrist is the consequence of infections, hemochromatosis, hyperparathyroidism, gout and arthropathy caused by crystal deposition.

Among the extra-articular causes responsible for pain in the hand and wrist, instead, there are tendinopathies (eg tendinitis, tenosynovitis, De Quervain syndrome), Dupuytren's contracture, ganglions and synovial cysts.

Pain in the hand and wrist can also result from vascular diseases (eg vasculitis) or from nerve compression syndromes (eg carpal tunnel syndrome).

Possible Causes * of Pain in the Hand and Wrist

  • Unstable Angina
  • Arthritis
  • Gouty Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthrosis
  • Arthrosis of the Hands
  • Cervical whiplash
  • chondroma
  • Snap finger
  • Primitive and Secondary Hemochromatosis
  • Wernicke's encephalopathy
  • epicondylitis
  • Epitroclea
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Gout
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • myelopathy
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Korsakoff psychosis
  • Psoriasis
  • radiculopathy
  • rhizarthrosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • De Quervain syndrome
  • Gangli symptoms (or synovial cysts)
  • Syringomyelia
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tendinitis
  • tenosynovitis
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Zika virus