Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, tendonitis, wrist sprain or a muscle strain are more likely than a problem within the joint. However, if you have had prior injury or history of arthritis, osteoarthritis of the wrist is also a possibility.
To decrease pain, rest the wrist and avoid overuse. Over-the-counter pain medications, a splint, and topical treatments (such as IcyHot, BenGay or ice) may help.
While these measures may help, it is important that you see a physician if symptoms are getting worse or not improving over time.