Typical wrist complaints
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the nerve which runs through the forearm to your hand has no space. Your wrist has a kind of tunnel in which the nerve lies that makes your hand move and turn. When there is irritation of the wrist joint and the tendons are swollen, the nerve doesn’t have enough space and gets stuck. This can lead to complaints such as a dead feeling in the hand, often from the thumb to half of the ring finger. But tingling, pain or less feeling are also an indication that you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Just like in other joints of your body it is also possible that wear occurs in the wrists. Most likely this is due to old age, but it can appear because of rheumatism or through heavy straining caused by sport like tennis or badminton. Because of the wear the amount of cartilage will diminish slowly. The bone parts in the joint don’t glide as well as before and the friction gets worse. A vicious circle appears and due to this process the wear will proceed faster and the bones will get stuck together. With movement this gives a cracking sound and pain can occur.
Tennis elbow / golfer’s elbow
When you suffer from a tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow it’s often harder to move your wrist normally. Go to the page ‘Elbow complaints’ to find more information on a tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.