The wrist and hand are made up of a collection of small bones and ligaments, all of which have the potential to be damaged and cause pain. Wrist and hand pain has a lot of possible causes, including arthritis, tendonitis, and fractures. One way to approach wrist and hand pain is to define the location of pain, which can give clues as to the cause. So, a wrist pain location diagram can help you identify potential causes.

Wrist pain location diagram 

Below is a picture of the wrist and hand’s dorsal (upper) and ventral (palmar) aspects. Click on the location of your wrist and hand pain to find possible causes.

Your doctor will ask you about the pain location, what makes the pain better and worse, and whether you have other symptoms, such as pins and needles, numbness, clicking or catching in the wrist. Also, a history of trauma or a recent fall on the wrist might give a clue to the diagnosis.

You should have a thorough clinical examination based on your wrist pain location diagram. Your doctor will carefully palpate the pain-generating area’s bones, joints and tendons. Also, special tests such as ulnar grind for TFCC tear, Watson’s test for scapholunate instability, and Tinel’s sign for carpal tunnel syndrome might be performed.

Generally, we order tests to confirm a diagnosis. X-ray looks at the position of the wrist bones and excludes a fracture or arthritis. MRI outlines soft tissue abnormalities, including tendon and ligament damage. Ultrasound shows swelling in joints and tendons and allows us to direct injections into structures of the wrist and hand.

wrist pain chart
Volar radial wrist pain Dorsal radial wrist pain Dorsal ulnar wrist pain Volar ulnar wrist pain Volar hand pain Finger pain Thumb pain

Volar radial wrist pain

Dorsal radial wrist pain

Volar ulnar wrist pain

Volar hand pain

Dr. Masci is a specialist sport doctor in London. 

He specialises in muscle, tendon and joint injuries.