What is Chronic Wrist Irritation?

24 August 2017  |  Eugene

Some aches and pains can be easier to ignore than others, but, when the pain is in an area as important as the risk, it's hard not to take notice. All through our days, we use our wrists for virtually everything we do, so, if your wrist is causing a disturbance, there's no sense in waiting to take action.

Wrist injuries are vast though, and can be hard to diagnose, so we here at WristSupports.co.uk are here to help. We've compiled a guide to Chronic Wrist Irritation to help you try to narrow down your symptoms, and find a way to get rid of them for good.

What is Chronic Wrist Irritation?

Chronic Wrist Irritation is simply pain or discomfort in the wrist that just won't go away. Since it is so generally defined and so vast in scope, it's difficult to pinpoint any specific causes or risk factors. With that said, we'll try to point out some of the most common causes of Chronic Wrist Irritation, as well as some universal remedies, to help you get your wrists back on the road to recovery.

What Causes Chronic Wrist Irritation?

Chronic Wrist Irritation will most likely arise due to the incidence of one or more specific wrist conditions causing pain and discomfort in your wrist. Risk factors for most of these involve things such as taking part in impact-heavy sports, undertaking repetitive tasks on a daily basis, or simply getting on in age. We'll lay out some of the most common causes of Chronic Wrist Irritation below.


It seems overly simple, but Chronic Wrist Irritation can be borne out of an acute or long-term injury, and often one that you may have thought was fully healed. These injuries fall into two main categories:

  • Sudden impacts: One of the most common causes of a wrist injury is a fall onto an outstretched hand. This can cause your ligaments and bones to stretch in unnatural ways, leading to sprains, strains and even fractures. One very common type of wrist injury from a sudden impact is the scaphoid fracture, involving a break to the radius, which is the forearm bone on the thumb side of your wrist.
  • Repetitive stress injury: This is a common type of wrist injury resulting from frequent repetitive wrist motion. This can occur due to sports, such as tennis or bowling, or office work involving long hours of typing and mouse use. These motions can inflame the tissues around your joints, or even cause stress fractures. One such injury is De Quervain's Syndrome, a repetitive stress injury that causes irritation at the base of the thumb.


When talking about chronic irritation of any joint in the body, arthritis is always central to the conversation. It affects a large portion of people in all walks of life, becoming more common as we age. Arthritis is divided into two main categories:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the type of arthritis that most commonly affects the elderly. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints and allows them to move freely will deteriorate. In the wrist, osteoarthritis is often accompanied by some sort of injury, or in those with a history of wrist injury.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This type of arthritis can affect anyone, and results from the body's immune system contributing to the damage of its own tissue. This arthritic condition is usually not isolated to the wrist, and will attack multiple joints in the body at once.

Rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist

Other Conditions

While we cannot go through every condition that can affect the wrist on this page, as there are hundreds, we can lay out a few of the most common. At WristSupports.co.uk, we have an extensive knowledge centre covering all types of wrist injury. To check out all of the information we have on offer, browse our knowledge centre. In the meantime, here are some common conditions to look out for:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This frequently diagnosed condition develops due to pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel, which is a structure in the centre of your wrist.
  • Tenosynovitis: This condition is defined as inflammation of the sheath surrounding a tendon. Similar conditions include De Quervain's syndrome and tendovaginitis.
  • Ganglion cysts: This condition is marked by the appearance of soft tissue cysts on the back side of your wrist. It can cause a great deal of pain, and be difficult to overcome. 

Treatment of Chronic Wrist Irritation

As with all things in medicine, treatment depends on the severity of your condition, and the degree of immobilisation that your lifestyle will permit. Not all Chronic Wrist Irritation requires immediate medical care, as much of it can be cured by rest, icing and elevation.

In other cases, after diagnosis by your physician, extreme action such as surgery or another type of therapy may be required. In the vast majority of cases involving wrist pain though, immobilisation or support with a wrist brace, support or splint may be the best course of action, and that's where we at WristSupports.co.uk come into our own.

Best Wrist Supports for Chronic Wrist Irritation

At WristSupports.co.uk, we stock a wide range of wrist supports, so we're bound to have one to meet your needs. We've painstakingly selected each one for a range of conditions that they are suitable for, taking the guesswork out of your support shopping experience. If you'd like to take a look at the range of supports we've chosen for Chronic Wrist Irritation, click the yellow button below. 


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