Wrist & Hand Symptoms

Below are listed a number of wrist and hand symptoms. Click on any below to view a list of injuries with that particular symptom.
  • Gradual onset finger pain

    Pain in the finger, which develops gradually over time, can be with or without swelling. Chronic finger pain can be due to rheumatoid arthritis, which is associated with inflammation. Ulnar nerve compression can also cause finger pain, which can be dull, tingling or numb.

  • Gradual onset hand pain

    Hand pain that comes on gradually can be due to activities where gripping is involved such as racket sports. Hand pain can also be burning, tingling or create numbness when the site of injury is from the neck or from the upper arm and this can come on gradually. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be slow in onset and create hand pain.

  • Gradual onset thumb pain

    Pain in the thumb, which occurs gradually over time or may come and go, can be due to different causes. Chronic thumb pain can be due from a gripping problem (writers cramp), friction or repetitive strain injury and is common in skiers or bowlers. Arthritis can have gradual onset thumb pain and can also be combined with swelling.

  • Gradual onset wrist pain

    Wrist pain which develops gradually over time. Chronic wrist pain. The athlete is unlikely to be able to identify a specific point at where the injury occured. Chronic wrist pain may develop following an acute wrist injury which failed to heal properly.

  • Hand & Finger stiffness

    Stiffness in the finger joints or difficulty moving the fingers. Restricted range of movement in the finger joints is a sign of an inflammatory issue, which can be through injury to the finger joint, tendons or from arthritis. Finger stiffness can also be due to swelling of the hand or wrists where this as had an effect more distally on movement of the hand and fingers.

  • Inside wrist pain

    Pain on the inside of the wrist or medial wrist pain when in an anatomical position or palm facing up and pain on the inside of the wrist or the little finger side of the wrist. This is also the side of the wrist, which attaches to the ulna bone in the forearm.

  • Outside wrist pain

    Pain on the outside of the wrist or the little finger / pinky finger side of the wrist. This is also the side of the wrist which attaches to the ulna bone in the forearm.

  • Point tenderness in the wrist

    Tenderness or pain when pressing in on a specific point on the wrist is usually due to pain to that area. It can also correspond to an adjacent structure or a referred pain and can be acute or chronic.

  • Sudden onset finger pain

    Pain in the finger, which occurs suddenly. Acute finger pain can also have swelling. It is usually from a direct impact or force but also can be from a nerve issue. Sudden onset finger pain can also be due to infection. Strains, tears or ruptures to the tendons, ligaments can be of sudden onset.

  • Sudden onset hand pain

    Acute hand pain, which occurs suddenly can be from a direct impact injury or referred from fingers, wrist, forearm, shoulder or the neck with a burning or pins and needles pain. This type of pain can be associated with swelling and involve the bones, ligaments, tendons or muscles. Falling and landing can cause sudden onset hand pain and is common in sports.

  • Sudden onset thumb pain

    Pain in the thumb or base of the thumb, which occurs suddenly through an acute injury, can be from a direct landing hyperextension or hyper flexion injury. The thumb can also be forced inwards or outwards and can dislocate, sprain, or fracture. Sudden onset thumb pain can also be referred from surrounding structures or from the neck.

  • Sudden onset wrist pain

    Wrist pain, which comes on suddenly such as in a fall onto an outstretched arm or collision with an opponent can cause a fracture of the carpal bones, radius or ulnar. Acute wrist pain can coincide with swelling and can be from the tendons or ligaments. Sudden pain can also be from an issue of the nervous system and can affect the wrist.

  • Swollen finger

    Finger swelling or swollen finger can be through infections or inflammation. Swelling may come on rapidly or develop over time. Rapid swelling can be due to a bone or ligament bleed but also from an occlusion (eg. raynauds disease) further up from the hand or wrist such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Swollen hand

    Swelling on the hand which may come on gradually but more often will be sudden onset from an acute or traumatic injury. Swelling may also be accompanied by bruising over time. It is important to seek medical advice if you suspect a fracture of the hand.

  • Swollen thumb

    Swelling on the thumb, or at the base of the thumb joint (MCP joint).

  • Swollen wrist

    Swelling in the wrist joint which may be a general swelling over the whole joint, or localised swelling on a specific area or point.
 Due to the wrist involving many bones swelling over a specific area is common and can be due to bone, ligament, soft tissue damage. A swollen wrist is usually with pain and most commonly from a fall. Wrist swelling can also be from the forearm or a fracture of the radius or ulnar higher up.

  • Thumb stiffness

    Stiffness in the thumb joint can be with our without swelling. Restricted movement in the thumb can be from a contusion within the muscle but also from an injury to the thumb joint such as a fracture.

  • Wrist or hand deformity

    Deformity in the wrist or hand may indicate a fracture or dislocation to the bones and a ligament may also be torn or ruptured.  In acute injuries that become or are deformed, pain is usually present unless there is also nerve damage. A deformity to the wrist or hand can also indicate a specific injury to a muscle, ligament or tendon and swelling can be present.

  • Wrist pain at night

    Pain in the wrist at night is most common in carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. This can cause a burning, pins and needles or shooting pains. It can also awake a person if the pain is bad and swelling can be present. Wrist pain at night can also be due to a slow bleed from a haemotoma or a fracture and involve the forearm. Swelling also creates wrist pain at night. When the nerve is compromised wrist night pain can occur and create a burning or dull pain, this can also be referred from the neck.