Your wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones arranged in two rows between the bones in your forearm and the bones in your hand. Tough bands of ligament connect your wrist bones to each other and to your forearm bones and hand bones. Tendons attach muscles to bones. Damage to any of the parts of your wrist can cause pain and affect your ability to use your wrist and hand.
Swelling in the wrist causes the compression in carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain is due to excess pressure in your wrist and on the median nerve. Aside from causing wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to numbness, weakness, and tingling on the side of your hand near the thumb.
Here is, though, the most typical and logical reason to feel pain in the tip of the wrist: an injury. Every trauma on the bone system damages either the cartilage by making it too weak to perform its regular function at a full value, or slow in specific motions. An injury to your wrist can also cause pain. Wrist injuries include sprains, broken bones, and tendonitis. Swelling, bruising, or disfigured joints near the wrist may be symptoms of a wrist injury. Some wrist injuries can happen right away due to the trauma of an impact. Others may develop slowly over time.
Speaking of wrist tendonitis as a common reason for pain in the tip of the wrist, it can range from mild to severe. Like all repetitive strain injuries having Tendonitis in the Wrist can be a serious issue. You’re still doing whatever it is that got you into a situation of pain, and unless you change your activity entirely…. Even if you only have mild complaint (caused by something like repetitive strain), don’t doubt for a minute that it is going to get worse sooner or later if you continue doing what you do. Wrist Tendons, controlled by muscles in the forearm, work together to pull your wrist/hand up, down, side to side, in a circular motion, and to various angles. They also stabilize the wrist while the fingers work. The tendon is one of the places where actual damage from repetitive strain injury takes place (when there is any actual damage done). But DO NOT just focus on the tendon. It’s the ENTIRE structure that is involved. The tendon pain is a SYMPTOM, not a cause of a problem. When you overuse your muscles, you overuse your tendons and your muscles. This can kick in a process of Inflammation. A visitation to the doctor as soon as possible is important to stop the inflammation process, which is a key step to stop the pain, too.
But visiting a doctor is even more important if the pain in the tip of the wrist is caused by a more serious, in most cases, chronic disease. And you cannot know what the cause is without a proper diagnose. An X-ray usually does the best job for this purpose. And the possible diagnoses for pain in the tip of the wrist are…
- Osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones deteriorates over time. Osteoarthritis in the wrist is uncommon and usually occurs only in people who have injured that wrist in the past.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. A disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, rheumatoid arthritis commonly involves the wrist. If one wrist is affected, the other one usually is, too.
- Ganglion cysts. These soft tissue cysts occur most often on the part of your wrist opposite your palm. Smaller ganglion cysts seem to cause more pain than larger ones do.
- Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid. Uric acid is a chemical produced when your body breaks down foods that contain organic compounds called purines. Most uric acid is dissolved in the blood and removed from the body through urination. In some cases, however, the body produces too much uric acid. The excess uric acid can be deposited in the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. This pain frequently occurs in the knees, ankles, wrists, and feet.