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Wrist Pain Diagnosis Tool


 

Wrist Pain Diagnosis Tool

 

Follow this wrist pain flowchart for instructions on self-care and when to see your doctor.

SYMPTOMS DIAGNOSIS SELF-CARE
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1. Did you fall on, hit or twist your wrist? No --> Go to Question 4.*
Yes, go down
2. Has the wrist bone changed shape? Yes -->

You probably have a FRACTURE of a bone such as a

Colles Wrist Fracture or a Scaphoid Wrist Fracture

--> URGENT
See your doctor as soon as possible. Wrap the affected limb in cool, moist cloths and hold the arm still. A sling may help reduce the pain. Use a simple analgesic.
3. Does the pain come with motion? Yes --> If there is no fracture, the wrist may be sprained -->

Apply ice and immobilize the arm/wrist. Check with your doctor if there's bruising or the pain is moderate to severe.

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*4. Did the pain come from a repeated motion, or is it made worse by a job or sport? Yes --> You may have Wrist Tendonitis. -->

Use rest and heat. If there's no improvement in a week, see your doctor.

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5. Do you have numbness in your fingers, or pain in your hand, wrist or arm, especially when you flex your wrist? Yes -->

You may have a compression of the median nerve called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

-->

Use a wrist splint and an anti-inflammatory medicine. If there's no improvement in one week, see your doctor.

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6. Do you have pain when gripping a handle? Yes --> Your symptoms may be from Tennis Elbow.

-->

Rest the arm and use an anti-inflammatory medicine. See your doctor if there's no improvement.

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7. Do you have a firm lump or swelling on the back of the wrist? Yes --> This may be a Ganglion Cyst, a common tendon cyst. -->

See your doctor for confirmation of the diagnosis or when it becomes uncomfortable.

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8. Do you have redness, swelling or pain in the skin, or a red streak up the arm with a fever? Yes --> These are all signs of INFECTION in the hand, wrist or arm. --> URGENT
See your doctor promptly.
9. Are one or more joints swollen and tender? Yes --> Wrist Arthritis can cause rednes and swelling in multiple joints. Gout usually occurs in just one joint, and INFECTION of the joint or bone can occur in any area. -->

See your doctor promptly. You may want to try an anti-inflammatory medicine.

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For more information, please consult your doctor. If you think the problem is serious, call ASAP


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Wrist Anatomy
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Wrist Braces
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Colles Wrist Fracture
Wrist Pain Diagnosis Tool
Wrist Exercises
Everyday Life Wrist Pain
Wrist Gout
Wrist Ganglion Cysts
Kienbocks Wrist Disease
Repetitive Stress Injury
Scaphoid Wrist Fracture
Wrist Sprains
Wrist Tendonitis
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