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A painful wrist can be debilitating, impairing your ability to work, perform household tasks and play sports.

What causes central wrist pain

Wrist pain may be the result of injury, repetitive activities or develop subsequent to previous trauma.


Pain, tenderness and swelling can be present on the back of the wrist or on the ulnar side of the wrist.  Symptoms can be aggravated by typing, lifting weight, leaning on an extended wrist, or playing sport.  Symptoms can be mild to severe, occurring only with strong activities or even at rest.

How is wrist pain treated

Joint protection with activity modification is one of the most important aspects of treatment. You will be advised to avoid extremes of wrist motion, heavy lifting, painful activities, and weight-bearing on an extended wrist.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be providing with splinting and specific exercises to improve neuromuscular control and strength.

Splinting option


  • Aim to promote conscious joint control, to regain smooth, balanced and pain free motion
  • Exercises should not be painful. If they are, perform in a smaller range, for fewer repetitions, with less resistance













Your hand therapist will create a unique treatment plan to address and help relieve your current symptoms. The goal is always to both give you relief from any pain and discomfort, create optimal conditions for the tissues to recover, and then teach you how to put the right measures in place to reduce the likelihood of your condition recurring.