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What Is Wrist Impingement?

Wrist impingement is a condition where there’s a compression or pinching of the nerves, tendons, or other structures in the wrist, leading to pain and discomfort. This condition can occur due to various factors and often affects people who engage in activities requiring repetitive wrist movements.

Wrist Impingement Causes, Symptoms & Treatment…


    • Repetitive Motion – Common in athletes (like gymnasts or tennis players) and in certain occupations requiring repetitive wrist use.
    • Injury – Previous wrist injuries can lead to changes in anatomy or inflammation, causing impingement.
    • Anatomical Variations – Some individuals have structural variations in their wrist that make them more susceptible to impingement.
    • Arthritis – Conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause changes in the joint, leading to impingement.


    • Pain – Especially during certain movements or when pressure is applied to the wrist.
    • Swelling – Can be present around the affected area.
    • Reduced Range of Motion – Difficulty moving the wrist as usual, or a feeling of stiffness.
    • Crepitus – A clicking, grinding, or popping sensation in the wrist during movement.


    • Involves a physical examination where the doctor assesses wrist movement and pain response.
    • Imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or CT scans can help confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.


    • Rest and Activity Modification – Avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain.
    • Physical Therapy – Exercises to strengthen and increase the flexibility of the wrist.
    • Anti-inflammatory Medications – To reduce pain and swelling.
    • Bracing or Splinting – Immobilizing the wrist to allow it to heal.
    • Corticosteroid Injections – Injections into the wrist to reduce inflammation.
    • Surgery – In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be required to relieve the impingement.

Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further injury and complications. Treatment and management strategies often depend on the severity of the impingement and the underlying cause.