“Pain in the hand or wrist can be caused by a multitude of reasons,” says Dr. Kanu Goyal, orthopedic hand surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. A sudden injury or trauma is an obvious cause, and if that’s what’s led to your hand or wrist pain, you “should consider urgent evaluation to make sure a serious injury has not occurred,” he says.

However, hand and wrist pain can start without an obvious cause, or the triggering injury might be cumulative and not noticeable in the earlier stages, only becoming obvious over time.

In this article from U.S. News & World Report, Goyal discusses the various causes of hand or wrist pain and shares strategies that could be used to combat this pain.