Wrist Pain Specialist

David Galpern, MD -  - Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center

David Galpern, MD

Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon located in West End, Richmond, VA

If your wrist is painful, achey, or swollen, it could be a sign of an underlying condition involving your nerves, joints, tendons, or other important structures. At Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, board-certified specialist David Galpern, MD, and his team are experts at diagnosing and treating complex wrist conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and rheumatoid arthritis. Find out how they can help you by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.

Wrist Pain Q & A

Why do I have wrist pain?

Wrist pain happens for many reasons. Playing sports and performing repetitive activities — even participating in hobbies like knitting — can lead to wrist pain.

Your painful sensations can vary depending on the underlying cause. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome may cause an uncomfortable pins-and-needles feeling, while arthritis can feel like a dull ache.

Your wrist is a complex joint connecting your many hand bones to your two forearm bones. Because so many factors can lead to wrist pain, it’s not always easy to find the cause of your wrist pain without seeing a specialist like Dr. Galpern.

What causes wrist pain?

Some of the more common causes of wrist pain include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation of your wrist and hand joints that can be painful and debilitating
  • Ganglions: liquid-filled cysts commonly found on the front or back of your wrist
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis: painful condition caused by irritation to the tendons running along the side of your wrist
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: painful condition caused by a pinched nerve
  • Wrist fractures: cause pain, swelling, and sometimes numbness or tingling in your fingertips
  • Tendonitis: painful condition caused by an injury or tear to your tendons, which are the fibrous cords connecting your muscles and bones

Wrist pain can happen for many reasons, including health conditions and injuries.

How is wrist pain treated?

Treatment depends on the source of your wrist pain. At Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center, Dr. Galpern creates a treatment plan based on your diagnosis that takes into account the type, location, and severity of your ailment, along with your overall health and age.

For rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Galpern may suggest medications or steroid injections to ease your symptoms. Similarly, for carpal tunnel syndrome, you may benefit from steroid injections or even surgery on your wrist.

With arthritis, your treatment options may include medications or joint replacement surgery. As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Galpern may also suggest hand or wrist therapy.

If you’re struggling with wrist pain and searching for a specialist in wrist care, call or book a consultation online today at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center.