Wrist Pain

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    Common Wrist Injuries Treated in Singapore

    To help you decide why your wrist hurts, let’s look at a few of the most common issues. These problems include (but are not limited to) the following.

    anatomical diagram of hand and wrist

    Anatomical Diagram of Hand and Wrist- Image Credit: Orthopedics Today

    • Arthritis
    • Dislocated bone
    • Broken wrist
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Ganglion cyst
    • Pseudogout.
    • Sprains and strains.
    • Tendonitis.

    Note: The only way to know what is causing wrist pain is to see a healthcare professional and have your unique case assessed.

    How Do I Know If My Wrist Is Sprained or Fractured?

    When you have a sprain, you can often tell by the popping sound that you hear. If you have a fracture, on the other hand, you will hear a crack. This self-diagnosis works the same if you experience pain in your feet too.

    Sometimes you can get a good sense of what kind of wrist injury you have and other times it is less clear. The only way to know exactly what is going on is to look into a wrist injury treatment centre in Singapore and meet with an orthopaedic doctor.

    Ray of Health also offers treatment plans for ACL tears in the knee.

    How Do I Know If It Is Serious?

    If you are experiencing any symptoms like numbness, swelling, or a lack of mobility, you could be dealing with a serious injury. It is essential to see a wrist injury doctor as soon as possible to get it checked out and that is especially true if you think that you may be dealing with a broken wrist.

    Can It Heal On Its Own?

    While some require urgent treatment, you can treat it at home in some cases. If you have a minor tear, it may heal without treatment. If the pain is mild and you aren’t experiencing any notable weakness, you may be able to let the tear heal on its own.

    Even in a mild case, it is important to still see a wrist injury specialist for an official diagnosis and to confirm that you don’t need any additional treatment.

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    Talk to A Wrist Injury Doctor in Singapore

    We take for granted just how much we use our wrists every hour of every day. As soon as pain comes on, you’ll become all too aware of just how much you use this essential part of your body. To prevent the problems from getting worse though, you don’t want to delay treatment for too long. Fortunately, there are world-class wrist injury treatment specialists in Singapore as well as a variety of home treatments that will help get you on the road to recovery.

    Ready to get rid of pain in your wrists and feel like yourself again? We are here to help! The experts at Ray of Health will create a treatment plan for wrist injury that will make you feel better in no time. We also offer treatment for sports injuries like rotator cuff injury and meniscus tears.

    Why live in pain another day? Chat with us online, email hello@quantumortho.com.sg, call +65 6235 8781, or message WhatsApp at +65 8028 4572.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Wrist Injury

    One of the most common causes of wrist pain is carpal tunnel syndrome. As we all spend more of our lives connected to those indispensable gadgets, our wrist health is slowly going downhill.

    Using your computer all day at work and relying on your wrists as you type and move your mouse takes its toll. This is a common pain when you’re working from home, as well as experiencing lower back pains. Even healthy hobbies like sports can cause wear and tear that leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you love to sew, paint, write, or do any other hobbies that cause you to move your hand in the same repetitive way, you should know that you have got carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors.

    What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is essentially a response to swelling. You have what is called a median nerve that helps you move and feel the full range of sensations in your arm. When your wrist gets swollen, this nerve becomes compressed. This painful compression is what is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

    While receptive movements are a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, some people are more susceptible to getting this pain than others. Certain carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors include being overweight, pregnant, or going through menopause. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, an under-active thyroid, or premenstrual syndrome, you also have a higher risk level of being affected by this kind of pain.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

    If you think that you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, there are a few symptoms that you may experience.

    • Numbness or tingling in your wrist, fingers, or hand
    • Weakness in your fingers and arm
    • Difficulty grasping thing
    • Pain ranging from your fingers to your elbow
    • Burning sensation travelling up your arm

    It is important to note that you may experience all or some of these symptoms. Each case is different so these are just general guidelines. Only your doctor can provide an official diagnosis.

    How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Treating carpal tunnel syndrome at home is a key part of any successful treatment. To prevent and manage wrist pain, there are a few essential at-home care steps to take. Here’s what you can do to manage carpal tunnel syndrome.

    • Use an ergonomic keyboard: Make sure that your keyboard is low enough that your wrists doesn’t have to bend it when you type. While rest can be useful, it is meant to be used while you are resting your hands, not while typing.
    • Upgrade to a split keyboard: Having a keyboard that is split into two sides allows you to use your wrists more naturally and prevent pain.
    • Take regular breaks: Whether you spend a lot of time typing, playing sports, knitting, or painting, one of the most important things that you can do is take breaks as often as possible.
    • Exercise: Along with taking a break, you should try to stretch and build up your strength. Working with a physical therapist will show you the best exercise for carpal tunnel syndrome to treat and manage the condition. Exercises also improve mobility and prevent muscle cramps.
    • Compresses for pain and swelling: When you are dealing with a sudden onset of pain, reach for ice for a few days. If it’s intense, aim to spend ten minutes each hour with an ice compress for the first day. After that, ice every few hours for the next few days. If the pain is chronic, use regular compresses.
    • Splint: Talk with your orthopedic wrist specialist about wearing a splint at night to reduce pain and swelling.

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    Frequently-Asked Questions About Wrist Injuries in Singapore

    What is Arthritis Wrist Injury?

    In addition to carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis is another common cause. Arthritis can affect any part of the body and it is especially common. While there is a wide range of different kinds of arthritis, there are a few particular common types of wrist arthritis.

    Osteoarthritis pain is very common as you get older and can come on at any age due to overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis is also an all too common cause and it is a condition that will typically affect both of your wrists. Meanwhile, psoriatic arthritis comes along with psoriasis and can cause aching wrists.

    Expert Tip: Infectious arthritis is one of the times when it is an emergency. If your wrist feels warm and you have a fever over 37.7°C, it is time to go directly to the doctor for a check.

    Treatment of Wrist Injuries at Home

    There are a few home remedies for wrist arthritis that will help you reduce pain and swelling. The first and foremost is stretching and building up your strength. A physical therapist can help you create an arthritis exercise routine that will help manage the condition. Planning your exercise for after a warm shower can make these workouts a bit easier.

    Note: Skip workouts on days when you’re in pain. Whenever there is a flare-up, it is crucial to skip a day and wait until the inflammation goes away (ice will help with this).

    What is Gout and Pseudogout?

    Sometimes your body has too much of something and that becomes a cause. When you have too much uric acid that isn’t washed out of your body when you urinate, it can cause gout. Meanwhile, if you have too much calcium that builds up in your joint, your wrist will swell and become red. This painful swelling is called pseudogout.

    What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

    Ganglion cysts are small fluid-filled lumps on tendons or joints and can appear on your wrist as a lump and they can be painful.

    A ganglion cyst is a common cause of pain. Often people just notice them pop up overnight and it can be quite a shock. If you have a lump on your wrist, you might be dealing with a cyst.

    What Does a Wrist Sprain Feel Like?

    If you are wondering how to tell if your wrist is sprained, look for some of the following symptoms :

    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Warm feeling
    • Tenderness
    • Popping or tearing feeling
    • Bruising
    • Reduced range of motion
    • Weakness

    The only way to know that you have a sprain is to get a consultation for orthopaedic treatment. When you arrive our trained professionals will give you a physical exam. If needed, the doctor may also recommend one of the following tests:

    • X-ray
    • MRI
    • Arthrogram, a type of x-ray or MRI done with dye
    • Arthroscopy: done with a very small camera inserted during a minimally invasive surgery

    If you are diagnosed with a sprain, it will be classified into one of three grades:

    • Grade I: Minor ligament  damage
    • Grade II: Moderate ligament  damage, a sense of looseness, and limited functionality
    • Grade III: Completely torn ligament, severe looseness of the joint, and complete loss of functionality.

    What Is the Best Wrist Injury Treatment?

    If you are dealing with mild pain that has only recently come on, you can start with some simple at-home treatments for wrist pain. Here’s everything that you need to know about treating wrist pain at home.

    If you are recently injured, here’s how you can reduce pain quickly:

    • Rest and elevate: Aim to keep your wrists elevated regularly. When you hold your wrists higher than your heart, you can reduce pain and swelling.
    • Ice: While it isn’t the most comfortable thing, ice makes a huge difference. People are often confused about whether to put ice vs heat but, generally speaking, you want to plan to ice the pain for the first few days and then move on to heat. While you are using ice, put on a cold compress every three or four hours then leave it there for around 15 minutes. Be sure not to apply ice directly to your skin but rather wrap up the ice in a cloth or just use a cool compress.
    • Pain relief: Start with over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen. These are ideal for reducing pain and swelling. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the box and don’t take too much too often. If over-the-counter meds aren’t enough or your pain has continued for more than a week, it’s time to see a doctor. 
    • Splints: You’ll find splints at pharmacies around Singapore. Before you start wearing a split though, it is important to have it checked by a doctor. Wearing a splint incorrectly and at the wrong times can make the problem worse so proceed with care.

    About the Author

    Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

    Dr James Tan C H

    Dr James Tan is a highly skilled surgeon who has more than 10 years of experience in sports surgery and exercise medicine. Apart from partnering the industry to pioneer advanced and proven treatment techniques, Dr Tan has treated athletes from the Singapore National Teams and professional footballers from the Singapore Premier League and the Young Lions. He is a member of the elite Asian Shoulder and Elbow Group and a founding member of the Singapore Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Society.