Wrist Pain & Hand Injuries

Wrist pain hand injuries

Wrist injuries which occur suddenly are known acute wrist injuries. They are usually caused from a fall onto an outstretched arm or a forced twisting movement, and include wrist strains, sprains, and fractures. Gradual onset injuries or chronic wrist pain occurs over a period of time, and often cannot be traced back to a single incident or cause. These include wrist tenonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. An acute wrist injury may become chronic over time if it is not treated correctly.

On this page:

  • Acute wrist injuries
  • Chronic wrist pain
  • Hand & finger injuries
  • Strapping & taping for wrist and hand injuries

Acute Wrist Injuries

Sudden onset injuries or acute injuries include wrist fractures, sprains, strains, and contusions. Here we explain the treatment and rehabilitation of acute wrist injuries. If a broken bone (fracture) is suspected, then always seek medical advice immediately.

Wrist fractures

A broken wrist (or fractured wrist) is a fracture or break in the wrist end of either the radius and ulna forearm bones or any of the small carpal bones in the wrist. There are a number of different types of wrist fracture so an accurate diagnosis is essential to get the most effective treatment. If a fracture is suspected then seek medical attention immediately.

Colles fracture

A Colles fracture is a particular type of broken wrist which involves a break of the radius or forearm bone on the thumb side of the wrist. Deformity, severe pain and swelling would indicate this type of fracture, which is most often caused by a fall. Medical help is needed immediately to repair this wrist injury.

Scaphoid fracture

The scaphoid is one of the small group of bones in the wrist called the carpal bones. It is the most common carpal bone to fracture among athletes and is often caused by falling onto an outstretched hand. Wrist pain and trouble gripping things are symptoms of this type of fracture, and medical advice should be sought for treatment.

Wrist strain

A wrist strain is a general term used to describe pain in the wrist. The pain may be due to a sudden force causing an acute wrist injury, or due to overuse, causing a repetitive strain injury. The area can feel tender, especially when moving it. Because of this, complete rest is the best treatment for recovering from a strain.

Wrist sprain

A sprained wrist is an injury to any of the ligaments which connect bone to bone in the wrist, of which there are many. It is a common wrist injury usually caused by a significant impact like a fall. There are different grades of a sprain, depending on their severity, but they can all cause significant pain. Read more about these grades and how the sprain can be treated.

TFCC tear

A TFCC tear is an injury to the triangular fibrocartilage complex, found in the wrist, between the end of the ulna bone and the carpals. A tear can be caused by a specific incident or come on gradually, resulting in wrist pain and restricted wrist and hand function. This wrist injury can often be treated with a splint, although if it is too severe, surgery may be needed.

Gradual Onset Wrist Pain

Gradual onset injuries or chronic injuries occur over a period of time and often cannot be traced back to a single incident or cause. The most common structure injured are the tendons of the wrist through overuse or repetitive strain.

Wrist tendonitis

Wrist tendonitis or wrist tendinopathy is inflammation, or more likely degeneration, of any of the flexor or extensor tendons which cross the wrist joint. Repetitive movement and overuse can cause stiffness and pain in the wrist, and there can also be swelling. Sports and repetitive work are common causes of tendonitis.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of wrist pain. A dull ache is felt in the wrist and forearm with pain which may radiate into the hand and fingers. It is often worse at night and a tingling sensation can be felt. We explain the symptoms, causes, and treatment including exercises and surgery.

RSI - repetitive strain injury

RSI or repetitive strain injury is a general term rather than a specific diagnosis used to describe gradual onset pain usually in the forearm, wrist and hand. RSI is a term that covers several different causes of wrist pain, but all are exacerbated by certain repetitive movements, whether they're from sport or from work. We look in more detail at the causes and treatments of this wrist injury.

Ganglion cyst

A ganglion cyst or wrist ganglion is a small lump which appears in the wrist, often attached to a ligament. The size of the cyst and the severity of the wrist pain varies from person to person. Some ganglions are not painful so can be left, but others can hinder movement and cause pain, so may require treatment. Read more about the causes, symptoms and possible treatments for ganglions.

Wrist bursitis

A bursa is a small sack of fluid that lubricates where tendons move in joints, of which there are two in the wrist. If a bursa is subjected to repeated trauma or friction then it can become inflamed and swollen, causing wrist pain. Although the pain can be severe, wrist bursitis can often go away with rest, ice and compression, without the need for any major treatment.

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the synovium or sheath that surrounds two tendons in the wrist which attach to the base of the thumb. It is a form of repetitive strain injury which can be exacerbated by sporting and work activities. The inflammation can cause pain and restrict movement in the wrist, but in most cases it can be treated without surgery.

Hand & Finger Injuries

Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences.

Sprained Finger

A sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent in some way causing damage to the ligaments which connect bones together. It is a common injury in ball games such as American football, basketball, cricket and handball. A sprain can be helped by rest, ice and compression and also a taping method, details of which can be seen below.

Trigger Finger & Trigger Thumb

Trigger Finger is a form of tenosynovitis which results in the finger becoming bent in towards the palm of the hand. This can also occur in the thumb known as trigger thumb. There is no specific cause but a variety of factors are detailed below which can make the condition more likely, including gaming and texting! The treatment depends on the severity of the condition and can range from resting to surgery.

Sprained Thumb

A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is bent out of its normal range of movement, usually backward. It can happen in sports like skiing, rugby and basketball and causes pain and swelling. The ligaments supporting the joint at the bottom of the thumb get damaged, and this can be helped by taping, icing and compression.

Broken Thumb

A broken thumb is a fracture of either of the two small bones called phalanges which make up the thumb. A broken thumb is not as common as a broken finger but is just as painful! Icing the thumb and avoiding moving it can help ease the pain until a doctor examines it for any possible complications.

Metacarpal Fracture

The metacarpal bones are the five long bones in the hand. Any of these bones can be broken or fractured but the 1st metacarpal under the base of the thumb is the most commonly injured. The fracture is usually caused by a direct impact which causes pain in the area. Treatment for these kinds of fractures usually involves immobilisation in a cast followed by strengthening exercises.

A broken finger is a break or fracture in any one of the 3 small phalange bones which make up each finger.

Wrist & Hand Taping

How to tape the wrist for wrist sprains and strains. Sports Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds explains the principles behind and demonstrates how to support the wrist with simple wrist strapping techniques.

Sudden onset injuries or acute injuries include wrist fractures, sprains, strains, and contusions. Here we explain the treatment and rehabilitation of acute wrist injuries. If a broken bone (fracture) is suspected, then always seek medical advice immediately.

On this page:

  • Wrist sprains & strains
  • Distal radius fracture (Colles fracture)
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Sprained wrist
  • Hook of hamate fracture
  • TFCC tear
  • Dislocated wrist

Wrist sprains & strains

A wrist strain is an injury to the tendons which connect muscle to bone and enable movement in the wrist. A sprained wrist is an injury to any of the ligaments which connect bone to bone in the wrist, of which there are many. It is a common wrist injury usually caused by a significant impact like a fall. There are different grades of a sprain, depending on their severity, but they can all cause significant pain.

Symptoms of a wrist sprain vary depending on the extent of the injury and the location of the sprain. Sudden pain in the wrist will be felt at the time of injury and in more severe sprains a tearing or popping feeling may be felt. Pain will be felt when moving the wrist and a tender spot may be felt where the ligament is damaged. Mild swelling could be visible and bruising might develop in more severe injuries.

Read more on wrist sprains & strains.

Wrist fractures

Have I broken my wrist? There are many different types of wrist fracture. Symptoms will be sudden onset pain, swelling, restricted movement. If you are in any doubt about whether you have a fractured wrist then seek medical advice immediately.

Distal radius fracture (Colles fracture)

Broken WristA Colles fracture is a particular type of broken wrist which involves a break of the radius or forearm bone on the thumb side of the wrist. Deformity, severe pain and swelling would indicate this type of fracture, which is most often caused by a fall. Medical help is needed immediately to repair this wrist injury.

Symptoms include instant pain in the wrist with rapid swelling. The wrist may look deformed. This is known as a dinner fork deformity. The patient will have considerable pain when trying to move the wrist. In very severe wrist fractures one end of the bone may pierce the skin which is known as an open fracture.

Scaphoid fracture

Scaphoid FractureThe scaphoid is one of the small group of bones in the wrist called the carpal bones. It is the most common carpal bone to fracture among athletes and is often caused by falling onto an outstretched hand. Wrist pain and trouble gripping things are symptoms of this type of fracture, and medical advice should be sought for treatment.

Symptoms of a scaphoid fracture include pain in the wrist at the time of injury and rapid swelling at the back of the wrist. Pain may settle down soon after the fall but the patient will have difficulty gripping things. There will be tenderness when pressing in on the wrist compared with the noninjured wrist.

Hook of hamate fracture

Hook of Hamate FractureThe wrist contains a number of small bones called carpals. The hamate is a carpal bone on the outside (little finger side) of the wrist. It has a hook-shaped part which protrudes outwards and can under certain circumstances be fractured. With this injury, wrist pain occurs on the side of the little finger and the strength of grip can be reduced.

Read more on wrist fractures.

TFCC tear

A TFCC tear is an injury to the triangular fibrocartilage complex, found in the wrist, between the end of the ulna bone and the carpals. A tear can be caused by a specific incident or come on gradually, resulting in wrist pain and restricted wrist and hand function. This wrist injury can often be treated with a splint, although if it is too severe, surgery may be needed.

Distal radioulnar joint instability

The distal radioulnar joint is the joint at the wrist, between the radius and the ulna, the two forearm bones. This injury is usually a subluxation, or a partial dislocation, although fractures of either bone can be involved. It is often caused by a direct impact like a fall, and medical help is needed immediately to check and treat the wrist injury.

Distal radial epiphysis injury

A distal radial epiphysis injury is an injury to the growth plate at the wrist end of the radius bone in the forearm. It mostly affects young athletes and is most often caused by overuse. Resting and changing training accordingly can help, although activities that exacerbate wrist pain should be stopped.

It more commonly affects young athletes between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, particularly gymnasts, and can come on through overuse, although fractures following a fall onto an outstretched arm can also occur. The epiphysis is the name given to the rounded end of a long bone also sometimes known as the growth plate and is the part of the bone which is growing.

Symptoms

Symptoms include pain in the wrist, especially when the wrist is bent backward with the palm facing down (known as dorsiflexion). They are likely to have limited ability to dorsiflex the wrist which can affect gymnasts from performing certain movements. There may be tenderness and swelling around the end of the bone.

There will be no sign however of ganglion cysts, wrist tendonitis, or other joint dysfunction which may also present with similar symptoms. An X-ray can help with the diagnosis and the bone on the affected side may look more hazy and different to the other unaffected wrist. In particular, a widening of the growth plate may be seen. If there is a narrowing of the growth plate then a Salter-Harris type stress fracture should be considered.

Treatment of a distal radial epiphysis Injury

Treatment involves rest and managing the condition by changing the training program to reduce the load on the bones of young athletes and gymnasts. If the pain is present, then activities that cause pain should not be done at all.

Strengthening the forearm muscles with specific wrist and hand exercises should be done. This will reduce the load and balance of weight bearing on the wrist which is often overextended to compensate for a lack of strength and is thought to be a significant cause of a distal radial epiphysis injury.

In some cases, a splint or plaster cast is applied to ensure adequate rest and recovery of the bones takes place although this is usually only necessary in severe cases. A distal radial epiphysis injury can take months to recover from and should not be rushed.

Dislocated wrist

A dislocated wrist is a dislocation of any of the eight small bones called carpal bones which make up the wrist. A wrist dislocation will occur as a result of a traumatic event or a fall onto the wrist. There is usually an obvious deformity along with acute wrist pain when dislocation occurs. Medical help is needed immediately, particularly as the ligaments and nerves can be seriously damaged.

Symptoms usually include severe pain with an obvious deformity in the wrist. Tingling may develop in the thumb, index, and middle fingers which suggests associated median nerve damage. Medical attention should be sought immediately if a dislocation is suspected.

The eight carpal bones in the wrist are the hamate, capitate, pisiform, trapezoid, trapezium, scaphoid, lunate, and triquetrum. There are a number of ways in which the carpal bones dislocate and the lunate bone is usually involved in most of them. A dislocation of the carpal bones will involve severe ligament damage and if left untreated can result in permanent disability. Two significant dislocations are anterior (front) dislocation of the lunate and perilunar dislocation of the lunate.

Treatment for a dislocated wrist:  Carpal dislocations usually require surgical treatment by a specialist wrist and hand surgeon. He or she will put the bones back in place and repair any ligament and soft tissue damage. The wrist is then immobilised in a cast for 8 weeks to allow time for the injury to heal.

Once out of the plaster cast a full rehabilitation program with wrist strengthening exercises should be done to restore the hand and wrist to full normal functioning and help prevent any future injury.

Gradual onset injuries or chronic injuries occur over a period of time and often cannot be traced back to a single incident or cause. The most common structure injured are the tendons of the wrist through overuse or repetitive strain.

Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences.

On this page:

  • Finger sprains & strains
  • Fractures & dislocations
  • Chronic hand & finger injuries

Sudden onset sprains, strains & fractures

Sprained finger

https://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/images/wrist-hand/sprained-finger220.jpgA sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent in some way causing damage to the ligaments which connect bones together. It is a common injury in ball games such as American football, basketball, cricket and handball. A sprain can be helped by rest, ice and compression and also a taping method, details of which can be seen below.

Read more on finger sprains

Thumb sprain

A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is bent out of its normal range of movement, usually backward. It can happen in sports like skiing, rugby and basketball and causes pain and swelling. The ligaments supporting the joint at the bottom of the thumb get damaged, and this can be helped by taping, icing and compression.

Thumb sprain symptoms include pain at the time of injury, usually as the thumb is bent backward. There may be a pain in the web of the thumb when it is moved. Swelling over the metacarpophalangeal joint at the base of the thumb may be visible and the patient may have laxity and instability in the joint.

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Hand & finger fractures

A broken finger is a break or fracture in any one of the 3 small phalange bones which make up each finger. A thumb fracture is more likely to occur at the base of the thumb at the MCP joint and be caused by bending backwards. A broken finger will be the result of some kind of impact or collision. The athlete will feel immediate pain with swelling and bruising which will appear quite quickly. It will be painful to try and move the finger which may appear deformed if the bone is displaced or joint dislocated. If there is any nerve damage, the finger may be numb or feel tingly.

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Jersey finger

Jersey finger is a tear of one of the flexor tendons in a finger. There are four tendons of the Flexor Digitorum Profundus muscle which pass into each of the fingers. This finger injury is common in contact sports and can cause the tendon to bunch at the base of the finger. Read more on the steps you should take to treat this injury below.

Jersey finger symptoms include pain in the fingertip and inability to bend the finger normally although it can still be forced into a bent position. Tenderness on the pad of the finger will be present along with swelling and bruising which may develop later in the fingertip. It may be possible to feel the tendon as a bunched up soft mass on the palm side of the hand.

Jersey fingers most commonly occur in contact sports such as Rugby and American Football. It is called a Jersey Finger because of the way it often occurs. When gripping an opponents shirt, with the fingers bent, the opponent wrestles away, causing a forced extension (straightening) of the fingers. The injury occurs at the tip of the finger where the tendon meets the bone on the distal phalange. The ruptured tendon may retract to the base of the finger or the hand.

Treatment: Rest the finger and apply ice or cold therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. If it cannot be moved by the patient and is stuck in an extended position, seek medical attention. X-rays or ultrasound scans may be performed to confirm the injury and to check there is not an avulsion fracture.

Treatment for a jersey finger is via surgery. The tendon must be reattached to the distal phalange. The rehabilitation of the condition is important as flexor tendons often become very stiff if not treated properly. Early movement after surgery is important to avoid stiffness. Strengthening exercises using items such as putty and hand therapy balls may be recommended.

Volar plate injury

The volar plate is a very thick ligament which joins two bones in the finger. A volar plate injury occurs when the finger is bent too far back the wrong way, spraining or tearing the ligament. In some cases this finger injury can also involve a fracture. Read more on volar plate injury and how to treat it here.

Symptoms occur immediately after the finger is bent backward and includes severe pain in the injured finger which is located specifically over the middle finger joint. Swelling will develop quickly and the finger may appear deformed. Trying to move the finger will be painful and bruising may appear especially on the palm side of the middle finger joint.

Bruised hand

A bruised hand, also known as a hand contusion, occurs due to a direct trauma of the hand. Impacts and crush injuries are the most common causes. This hand injury usually results in bleeding and subsequent bruising, and will be painful to touch. Rest and ice are two of the main ways to help this injury.

Symptoms include the obvious pain on impact with whatever has caused the contusion. The hand will be tender to touch with immediate swelling. The hand will be painful when trying to use it, especially gripping things, and there may be difficulty using the fingers.

Treatment consists of rest and immediate application of cold therapy to help control the bleeding and swelling. Cold can be applied for 10 minutes every hour reducing the frequency as symptoms improve. A compression bandage can be applied to help control swelling and the hand should be raised to aid the flow of tissue fluids away from the injury.

Symptoms should improve within 2 or 3 days, however, if they persist then seek medical attention to ensure there are no further injuries. An X-ray may be required to check there are no fractures.

Gradual onset & chronic hand and finger injuries

Trigger finger & trigger thumb

Trigger Finger is a form of tenosynovitis which results in the finger becoming bent in towards the palm of the hand. This can also occur in the thumb known as trigger thumb. There is no specific cause but a variety of factors are detailed below which can make the condition more likely, including gaming and texting! The treatment depends on the severity of the condition and can range from resting to surgery.

Read more on trigger finger & trigger thumb.

Black fingernail

A black fingernail is known as a subungual hematoma and is caused by a build-up of blood under a fingernail. This usually results from an impact or trauma to the finger which can cause considerable pain. In most cases ice and ibuprofen is sufficient to treat it and medical attention is not needed, unless it is very severe, as detailed below.

Pain on the finger nail at the time of impact and afterwards. The pain is often described as a throbbing pain. Blood quickly bleeds and gathers underneath the fingernail increasing a feeling of pressure under the nail. Over time the nail will appear black.

Most subungual hematomas can be treated at home and do not require medical attention. If the total area of blood is no more than 25% of the nail then the following guidelines may apply.

Apply ice (wrapped in a cloth) or cold therapy for 10 minutes at a time, every hour to reduce bleeding and swelling. Elevate the hand to reduce bleeding and swelling. This aids the tissue fluids to flow away from the site of injury using gravity to assist. Anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen may be recommended to ease pain and inflammation. The pain and pressure will ease over a couple of days and the blood will drain on its own.

If the bleeding covers more than 25% of the nail then seek medical attention as the blood under the nail may need draining. A local anaesthetic may be injected into the finger so it is numb and a hole can then be made in the nail so the blood can drain through. This may be done using a cautery to burn a hole, a needle to drill a hole or a sterilized paper clip. No follow-up treatment is usually necessary. However, occasionally, the whole nail is removed.

Bowler's thumb

Bowler's Thumb

Bowler's Thumb is an overuse injury resulting from compression or repeated friction on the inside of the thumb which causes pressure on the Ulnar nerve. As the name indicates, bowling is the main cause of this injury and causes the area to feel numb and weak. Resting from the activity causing the pain will usually help treat it.

Bowler's thumb symptoms include numbness and tingling at the end of the thumb. There may be a pain on the inner thumb and the web between the thumb and index finger. The athlete will likely experience weakness in pinching things and activities which involve the thumb. In some cases, a tender nodule may be felt in the thumb.

Bowler's thumb gets its name from its frequency in the sport of ten-pin bowling. It is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve on the inside of the thumb. This is often due to a tight-fitting thumb hole in the bowling ball. It is also more common when the player is trying to put a lot of spin on the ball.

In long-term cases, the repeated compression or friction can result in adhesions or fibrous tissue around the nerve which can cause problems even when the individual is not bowling.

Rest from bowling. Correct any causative factors such as a thumb hole which is too small. Use a thumb guard or splint to protect the thumb. Alter the grip or round of the edge of the thumb hole on the ball. If conservative measures such as these do not work then surgery may be required. Surgery may involve adjusting the course of the nerve so that it doesn't get compressed.

Mallet finger

This finger injury makes you unable to extend or straighten the end joint of a finger without assistance. It can happen from sports and other daily activities and causes pain and tenderness to the area. The severity of the injury can vary from a stretching of the tendon to the tendon coming unattached from the bone.

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Boutonniere deformity

Boutonniere DeformityA boutonniere deformity or buttonhole deformity is an injury to a tendon in one of the fingers, resulting in a deformed shape. This usually occurs after an impact to a bent finger. See below for more on the causes, symptoms and treatments of Boutonniere deformity.

Symptoms include pain at the time of injury with tenderness on top of the middle finger bone which is likely to be swollen. The finger cannot be straightened at the middle joint and the end joint cannot be bent.

A Boutonniere deformity usually occurs after a direct impact to the middle finger bone. The middle finger joint may be forcefully flexed, causing a rupture of the extensor tendon. Less frequently, a cut to the upper surface of the fingertip may sever the attachment point of the tendon to the bone. They are also seen in approximately one-third of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

If caused by a traumatic injury rest the finger and apply cold therapy to ease bleeding and swelling. Visit a Doctor as soon as possible. After an examination, the doctor can provide a splint to keep the finger straight. This helps the tendon to heal in the correct position. They may also provide anti-inflammatory medication.

Expert interview (play video): Consultant wrist and hand surgeon Mr. Elliot Sorene explains Boutonniere Deformity. Surgery is sometimes performed if the tendon is severed or if there is a fracture present. The tendon may be reattached or a fracture pinned and the finger straightened. It is then put in a splint to allow it to heal. Exercises may be given once the splint is removed to increase the strength of the finger extensor muscles.

Cellulitis

Finger Felon

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin. In the fingertip, this is known as a felon. It is often caused by a small injury to the end of the finger which can make it painful and swell up. Read more about this infection and how to treat it.

Symptoms of a Felon or fingertip infection include a throbbing pain at the end of the finger. Felons most commonly occur in the thumb or index finger. There may be swelling, inflammation and redness over the end of the finger.

Felons sometimes occur after a minor injury to the fingertip, such as a splinter or small puncture wound. Fingertip blood glucose testing has been implicated as a cause of fingertip infections. They may also happen with no clear cause.

If you suspect a felon or cellulitis of the finger then seek medical attention or visit a doctor as soon as possible. If an infection is diagnosed then the Doctor will prescribe antibiotic medication to clear the infection. In most cases, this is all the treatment which is required and the infection will clear by the end of the course.

In severe cases, where the blood flow may be compromised, decompression may be required. This involves a small incision in the fingertip so that fluid can be drained and so pressure released and is done under a local anesthetic injection.

Handlebar palsy

Handlebar palsy is a name given to a common condition suffered by cyclists. The symptoms are caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the wrist against the handlebar. Treating this injury is usually simple, but sometimes medical help may be needed. Read more about Handlebar palsy here.

Symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness over the outside of the hand, little finger and outer half of the ring finger. A feeling of clumsiness and a lack of co-ordination in the hand is often reported and pain may be present during activities requiring movement of the wrist.

Handlebar palsy is sometimes also known as ulnar neuritis (neuropathy) or ulnar nerve compression. It is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve where it passes through the wrist. From there the nerve runs into the little and ring fingers. It is common in cyclists due to the position of the wrist and compression on the handlebars.

The most important feature of treating this condition is to correct the cause of the problem. In cyclists, this may mean checking the bike set up such as the height of the saddle and handlebars and the wrist position when riding. Correcting these problems will usually stop the symptoms!

In cases where this does not work, seek advice from a professional sports injury therapist. They will be able to assess the injury. These symptoms could be due to compression of the nerve at any point along its course, not just at the wrist. The neck may be a problem and so posture should be checked, as well as other activities which may put a strain or pressure on the nerve higher up.

Dupuytren's contracture

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition which affects the hand and fingers, causing the fingers to bend in towards the palm of the hand. Tissue in the hand contracts and becomes shorter, although this does not normally cause pain. Many cases do not require treatment, although if the condition is severe, there are options you can take.

Read more on Dupuytren's contracture.

How to tape the wrist for wrist sprains and strains. Sports Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds explains the principles behind and demonstrates how to support the wrist with simple wrist strapping techniques.