Wrist Pain

Wrist Pain

The wrist is a complex joint, made up of eight small carpal bones attached to the two long bones of the forearm, the ulna and radius. Wrist injuries, such as sprains or fractures, can result from sudden traumatic injuries, while more long-term problems can result from repetitive stress, overuse or wear and tear from aging.

Common Symptoms

  • Weakness or inability to grip or hold objects
  • Stiffness or the feeling of the wrist “locking up” or becoming frozen
  • Swollen wrist
  • A cracking sound when the wrist is moved
  • Dull, stabbing, sharp, or electrical pain felt in the wrist
Common Conditions That Cause Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can be caused by several different conditions, causing the wrist(s) to feel occasionally sore or constantly aching. Here are a few of the most common problems:

Wrist Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is most common in the base of the thumb, however it can also occur in the wrist and finger joints. Arthritis is progressive wear and tear on the joints, causing the cartilage that acts as a lubricant to break down, resulting in inflammation and pain.

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Internal Scar Tissue

Internal Scar Tissue is a thick, tough, fibrous material that the body creates to quickly repair a damaged tissue such as muscles and tendons. It can build up in any area of the body where there has been internal and/or external damage. Internal Scar tissue is a very common cause of recurring or chronic pain after sport or work injuries, after surgery and it also often intermixes with Osteoarthritis.

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Inflammation and swelling of the tendon and it’s surrounding tissue (tendon sheath) on the thumb side of the wrist. Pain can be felt anywhere along the thumb and up the forearm.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Compression of the median nerve in the wrist that usually develops over time from repetitive stress or overuse. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness of the hand and fingers.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The wrist is a common location for this inflammatory condition, where the immune system attacks it’s own tissues causing chronic inflammation, swelling and pain in the affected areas.


Small tears in the tendon that cause inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as weakness and decreased range of motion.

Soft Tissue Injury

Irritation or damage to the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the hand from trauma or repetitive stress.

Wrist Sprain

An injury to the ligaments which are thick, ropey tissue surrounding/stabilizing joints and connecting bone to bone. Sprains range from mild to severe and can sometimes be mistaken for a fracture.

Wrist Fracture

A break in one or more of the bones of the wrist, usually the ulna, radius or one of the eight small carpal bones. A scaphoid fracture is a break of the carpal bone at the base of the thumb and can be a more complex condition.

Cold Laser Therapy for Wrist Pain
Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 3

Cold Laser Therapy Wrist Pain Treatment: Step 3

Decreases Inflammation: Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.

Removes Internal Scar Tissue: Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.

Regenerates Muscle Tissue: Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.

Activates Cartilage Production: Promotes the natural cartilage growth process by increasing the production of cellular energy (ATP).

Accelerates Bone Repair: Simulates the bone cells to replicate and produce new healthy bone tissue.

Nerve Regeneration: Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.

Stimulates Blood Flow: Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.

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