Wrist & Hand Problems & Diagnosis

Use the flow diagram below as a guide to work out what may be causing your pain and what we recommend you do about it.

Problem Intensity Problem Cause Pain when Location Preliminary Diagnosis Recommendation
Severe
(> 8/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Wrist or Hand Sharp/ Cutting Accident Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Little Finger Side Wrist Wrist Fracture Ulnar
TFCC tear
See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Thumb Side Wrist Wrist Fracture Radius or Thumb/Scaphoid Fracture
Back Hand and Fingers Broken or Dislocated Fingers or Extensor Tendon Injury
Hand Palm Broken Hand or Flexor Tendon Injury
Moderate Severity
(6-8/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Wrist or Hand Sharp/ Cutting Accident Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Little Finger Side Wrist Bruised Wrist
TFCC tear
See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check Up
Thumb Side Wrist Moderate Bruise or Strain
Back Hand and Fingers Moderate Bruise or Strain
Hand Palm Moderate Bruise or Strain
Minimal Severity
(<5/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Wrist or Hand Sharp/ Cutting Accident Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Little Finger Side Wrist Bruised Wrist
TFCC tear
See your Physio
Thumb Side Wrist Minor Bruise or Strain
Back Hand and Fingers Minor Bruise or Strain
Hand Palm Minor Bruise or Strain
Problem Intensity Problem Cause Pain when Location Preliminary Diagnosis Recommendation
Severe
(> 8/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury toWrist or Hand Constant Pain Palmar Side Wrist Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Severe Arthritis
See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Back of Wrist Severe Chronic Injury
Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Back of Hand and Fingers Severe Arthritis
Chronic Injury
Hand Palm Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Injury
Moderate Severity
(6-8/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury toWrist or Hand Moderately Present Pain Palmar Side Wrist Moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Severe Arthritis
See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check Up
Back of Wrist Moderate Chronic Injury
Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Back of Hand and Fingers Moderate Arthritis
Chronic Injury
Hand Palm Moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Injury
Minimal Severity
(<5/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury toWrist or Hand Minimally Present Pain Palmar Side Wrist Minimal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Severe Arthritis
See your Physio
Back of Wrist Minimal Chronic Injury
Back of Hand and Fingers Minimal Arthritis
Chronic Injury
Touching of injury or Bending Wrist or Fingers  Hand Palm Minimal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Injury