Swelling of the wrist joint may occur due to overuse like during exams. In these cases, the swelling and stiffness is temporary that goes on its own or with rest. But other than these, if stiffness and swelling is accompanied by other symptoms too, it may be a cause of concern. Wrist joint may become firm and swell due to accumulation of the excessive fluid in or around the joint. It may be temporary but may cause long-term discomfort if left untreated.
Stiffness and swelling in wrist joint mainly occurs due to injury like wrist fracture, dislocation, or sprain, overuse injuries, infection or chronic, debilitating conditions like inflammatory bursitis, juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, carpel tunnel syndrome etc.
Swelling of the wrist joint causes it’s puffing up that is easily noticeable and comparable with the normal wrist. This is generally accompanied with stiffness or difficulty to do simple activities like writing or holding a glass etc. In addition to this, wrist becomes extremely painful and unable to move. A clicking or popping sound may be heard on moving the joint.