Wrist pain is more than excruciating. Hardening, swelling and pain in the hands affect our daily lives, preventing us from performing even minimal actions.

One of the most common causes of wrist pain is osteoarthritis. Pains can also be caused by various nerve problems and tendinitis, inflammation of the tissue that connects the muscles to the bones. Here are 5 methods that can help you manage wrist pain and restore normal function.


Injecting corticosteroid into articulations can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain, an effect that can last up to 1 year.

Pain Relief Medication

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve pain by blocking the enzymes that cause pain and swelling. However, you should not use these medicines without a doctor's recommendation, as long-term use of oral medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can cause ulcer development, liver damage and increased risk of heart attack. While medicines applied to the skin, such as diclofenac (Voltaren), have less risk.

Warm and cold compresses

Heat helps keep your hands no longer stiff, so a warm shower can work well. On the other hand, cold is effective in cases where wrist pain is caused by a certain activity, such as playing golf for example. Apply cold compresses on hands or an ice bag.

Exercises and strains of the hands

A physiotherapist can guide you on how to perform different exercises for straining and strengthening your muscles, thereby helping to absorb the stress caused by wrist articulation and relieve pain.

Source: Harvard Medical School / Health.com