Considerations of Wrist Injuries: What You Should Know

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly diagnosed by a specialist for a majority of wrist problems that involve paresthesia (numbing and tingling) into the hand and fingers. Typical diagnosis involves compression of the median nerve at the wrist via the transverse carpal ligament. Current research has driven various theories regarding median nerve or other nerves being compressed in the neck and or forearm locations creating the same symptoms of CTS. It is imperative that the diagnosis for CTS be correct prior to treatment via surgery. It is possible that surgery to release the carpal tunnel via resection of the transverse carpal ligament has little effect on the CTS symptoms.


Myths and Misconceptions

My injury will go away with time
This may or may not occur. Structures of the wrist are primarily avascular (little to no blood supply). This means that structures will not truly heal. Scarring may occur to create a sense of stability, but the area is susceptible to re-injury if normal motion is not restored.

Wrist pain is a direct relationship to its location
Depending on the injury, wrist pain can occur because of poor posture, poor cervical alignment and tight musculature in the upper extremity (elbow and shoulder). Treating pain at its exact location may have temporary effects. Treating the entire neck and upper extremity will have best results.


Wrap Up

Whether your wrists are healthy and pain free right now or not, at some point in time you will injure them. Use this article as a guide to help you determine the proper course of action and whether or not to consult a physician. Now go train and protect those wrists!




Dr. Ethan Kreiswirth PhD, ATC of “Kreiswirth Sports Medicine” is the Medical Director for the International/United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Dr. Kreiswirth is a black belt in BJJ and has provided medical coverage for BJJ events since the mid-1990s. He can be reached at
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