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Kat asked...

For the last few weeks I have some pain in the wrist, actually now I cannot put any pressure on that hand without pain. To which doctor should I go? Thank you for letting me know.

For the last few weeks I have some pain in the wrist, actually now I cannot put any pressure on that hand without pain. To which doctor should I go? Thank you for letting me know.

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The answer

Thank you very much for your question, Kat. We're sorry to hear that you have been having pain for the past weeks.

The pain you report, on its own, makes it impossible for us to make recommendations. Has there been a trauma to the area? Have you noticed any swelling or bruising? Depending on this there are different managements.

Some of the options to explain the pain are:

  • Fracture;
  • Arthritis;
  • Ganglion;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;

The best way to have this investigated would be for you to visit your GP. Considering there is no other history associated this would be the most appropriate doctor for you to see.

Please note, if there is a clear history of trauma (fall, banging against an hard surface) or you notice a deformity of the wrist please visit your local Minor Injury Unit or Accident and Emergency as soon as possible.

Keep on top of the pain with some painkillers (Paracetamol & Ibuprofen should work), elevate your hand as much as possible and visit your doctor as appropriate.

To find your local Minor Injury Center

Service Location Search - NHS

More about pain in hand/wrist:

Hand Pain - NHS

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