The wrist is a complex joint that bridges the hand to the forearm. It is a collection of multiple bones and joints, which makes your wrist flexible and allows you to move your hand in different ways. The wrist has two big forearm bones and eight small bones known as the carpal bones. It also has tendons and ligaments, which are connective tissues. Tendons connect muscles to bones, while ligaments connect bones to each other.
This complex part of your body is prone to both traumatic and non-traumatic injury. While wrist pain is commonly caused by sprains or fractures from traumatic injuries, it can also result from long-term problems that are non-traumatic in nature, such as repetitive overuse, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wrist pain can happen to anyone — whether you’re very sedentary, very active or somewhere in between. But your risk may be increased by participating in sports, repetitive work and certain diseases or conditions (e.g. pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, gout). Here are some common causes of wrist pain that require prompt medical attention and care.