- A wrist sprain is a common injury for all sorts of athletes. All it takes is a momentary loss of balance. As you slip, you automatically stick your hand out to break your fall. But once your hand hits the ground, the force of impact bends it back toward your forearm.
This can stretch the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand bones a little too far. The result is tiny tears or -- even worse -- a complete tear to the ligament. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness bruising and loss of motion.
De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. Symptoms include pain near the base of your thumb, swelling and difficulty grasping or pinching. Overuse is the most common reason for this injury. It has been shown to affect manual laborers and specific sports such as golf or tennis.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. The anatomy of your wrist, health problems and possibly repetitive hand motions can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms usually include tingling and numbness and weakness in your hands. Frequently a pinched nerve in the neck will be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel as the problem originates in the neck. Chiropractors are excellent at treating this injury and reducing the possibility of surgery.