Wrist pain is a common symptom and can be a result of many health conditions and injuries that affect your wrist. Most cases of wrist pain are mild and will go away on their own with rest and at-home treatment.
Wrist pain is any pain or discomfort in your wrist joint. Your wrist is a complex joint made of:
Wrist pain can be a symptom of many health conditions and injuries that affect your wrist. Most cases of wrist pain are mild and will go away on their own with rest and at-home treatment. Visit a healthcare provider if you’re experiencing wrist pain that doesn’t go away in a few days, or if the pain is getting worse.
A healthcare provider might classify wrist pain based on which side of your wrist is painful:
A healthcare provider will diagnose and treat the cause of your wrist pain, no matter which side it’s on.
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Injuries and health conditions that affect the bones and tissue in your wrist are the most common causes of wrist pain.
Any physical damage to your wrist can cause pain. Some of the most common injuries that cause wrist pain include:
Health conditions can often cause wrist pain. This type of wrist pain tends to build up over time (instead of happening all at once like a sprain or fracture). Some of the most common causes of wrist pain include:
Which treatments you’ll need depends on what’s causing pain in your wrist. You might be able to relieve wrist pain with at-home treatments. A healthcare provider will suggest treatment options and tell you how long you’ll need them.
Some of the most common treatments for wrist pain include:
Many people with wrist pain use a computer and keyboard every day. These steps can help prevent wrist pain:
Follow these general safety tips to reduce your risk of an injury to your wrists:
Visit a healthcare provider if you’re experiencing wrist pain that doesn’t get better in a few days or if the pain gets worse over time. You should also see a provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
Your wrists help you move your hands and complete tasks throughout your day. Because we use them so much, it’s no surprise that wrist pain is a common symptom of lots of health conditions and injuries. You can usually treat wrist pain at home. But don’t ignore pain — especially if it’s getting worse or doesn’t go away in a few days.
Visit a healthcare provider if you’re experiencing wrist pain that makes it hard to complete everyday tasks. They’ll diagnose the cause and help you find treatments to get you back to your daily routine as soon as possible.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/18/2023.
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