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Wrist Pain

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Wrist Pain services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Disease, sports injuries, falls, and carrying heavy objects can all damage the wrist. If you have wrist pain from an injury or arthritis, contact the Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics office in Boulder or Centennial, Colorado. The practice’s dedicated medical team expertly diagnoses wrist pain and treats conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, and strains using nonsurgical approaches. Call your nearest office today for a prompt wrist pain evaluation, or use the online booking form to schedule a consultation.

What might be causing my wrist pain?

Wrist pain can occur suddenly if you suffer an acute injury or develop slowly due to overuse or joint disease. Common wrist pain causes include:


Arthritis has multiple forms, some common and some very rare. Osteoarthritis is the one most likely to cause wrist pain. It’s a wear-and-tear condition where years of joint use erode the articular cartilage covering the bone ends. Without protection, the bones rub and create friction, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome results from median nerve compression. The median nerve travels from your shoulder down your arm to the thumb side of your hand. It passes through a bony circle (the carpal tunnel) in your wrist. Thickened ligaments in the carpal tunnel put pressure on the median nerve, causing wrist pain, weakness, poor grip, and numbness.

Sprains and strains

Sprains are injuries where ligaments connecting a joint’s bones overstretch or tear. Strains are similar but affect the tendons — connective tissues attaching muscles to bones.

Overuse injuries

Wrist overuse injuries occur when you frequently make the same motions with your hand, causing irritation and the build-up of tiny (micro) injuries. Overuse can affect the tendons (causing tendinitis) or bursae, the fluid-filled cushioning sacs in your joints (bursitis).

How is my wrist pain diagnosed?

To discover what’s causing wrist pain, your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider completes a comprehensive physical exam and medical history and symptom review.

They might recommend diagnostic imaging like an X-ray or ultrasound scan to confirm a diagnosis, identify problems that aren’t clear from the initial exam, and assess the tissue damage in your wrist. This thorough process ensures your provider designs the most appropriate and effective treatment program.

What treatment might I need for wrist pain?

After making a diagnosis, your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider may prescribe physical therapy for wrist pain. If you don’t make good progress, you might benefit from additional treatments, such as:

  • Steroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT)
  • Dextrose prolotherapy
  • Plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF)
  • Microfragmented adipose tissue grafts (MFAT)
  • Bone marrow aspirate and bone marrow concentrate (BMA and BMC)
  • Focused shockwave therapy (FSW)
  • Subchondral (intraosseous) bone marrow concentrate

These treatments promote healthy new tissue growth by stimulating your body’s healing response.

Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today or book an appointment online for first-class wrist pain care.