What is the cause of your wrist and hand pain?
The wrist and hand are made up of many small bones and joints. There are many complicated pulley systems, muscles and ligaments that are in action while you are going about your daily activities.
 
Wrist and hand pain is a very common occurrence nowadays, specially with more mobile phone and keyboard use. Let's look at the different types of pathologies seen in the wrist and hand and their specific symptoms. Interestingly enough some of the symptoms of wrist and hand pain can give you an idea of what is possibly going on there. Once you understand the reason for your pain you can work on the treatment with your healthcare provider accordingly. 
 
Here are some of the common conditions seen in the wrist and hand : 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel refers to the narrow bony tunnel in your wrist through which the Median Nerve passes. When the nerve is irritated or compressed it can lead to pain, tingling numbness or burning or nerve pain. You maybe suffering from Carpal Tunnel pain if

1. Your pain is present in the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger, palm of your hands and wrist.
2. You may have a nerve pain or 
tingling numbness or burning sensation in the affected area.
3. In the initial stages symptoms are usually worse at night, but as symptoms progress, it may affect daytime activities. 
4. You may experience weakness in your hands, specially when you grip heavier objects that you could lift easily before the symptoms started. 

de Quervain's tenosynovitis:
de Quervains tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons of the thumb that leads to pain in the thumb and wrist. These are the symptoms of 
de Quervains tenosynovitis:

1. You have pain, tenderness and swelling at the base of your thumb and the wrist. In later stages the pain may extend in the forearm.
2. You have difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when grasping or pinching
3. Pain gets aggravated when moving the wrist from side to side or twisting it.
4. You may feel a weakness or achy tiredness in the thumb.
5. A catching or snapping sensation with movement of the thumb maybe present in more chronic cases. 

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