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Wrist FAQ


I have had wrist pain of unknown cause for six months. I didn't injure the wrist in any way I know of. I can point right to the spot that hurts, but the doctor can't find anything wrong. How can that be?


Evaluation of wrist pain can be very difficult. A careful history and thorough examination are required. Even with today's best imaging technology and diagnostic studies, some wrist problems remain mysterious. Sometimes even exploratory surgery does not answer the question of what's wrong.

In cases like these, treatment consists of pain management. Usually medications and physical therapy are recommended. Sometimes the patient seeks out alternative treatment such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal therapies.

You may want to seek a second (or third) opinion to find out what's wrong. Try to find a physician or clinic that specializes in the treatment of wrists and hands.

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