From time to time, we all get various kinds of bumps and lesions on different parts of our hands.
Usually, bumps and lesions found on our fingers, wrists, and palms are caused by some sort of injuries such as those stemming from insect bites, callouses or work-induced blisters.
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances whereby bumps on wrists are caused by a more serious condition. In the medical world, these bumps are referred to as hygroma (and are sometimes known as "ganglion cyst").
Learn more about them here:
While similar bumps and lesions are usually caused by insect bites and blisters acquire in the workplace (especially in fields where the work tends to be more physical), a ganglion cyst is not caused by either of these.
Ganglion cysts usually start off fairly benign and they usually form as small capsules or cysts.
Unfortunately, these types of bumps that occur on the wrist are not merely a superficial blemish that you should outright ignore.
There are a number of different areas near the wrist where a ganglion cyst may begin to emerge. These cysts can appear on the surface of your palm, near the center or nearer the thumb in which case they will feel softer to touch than normal.
A hygroma can also emerge on the inner sides of the fingers, near either the phalanx or the knuckle. Bumps in these areas will also feel soft.
A ganglion cyst can stem from various causes and so for this reason, it can be difficult to determine the underlying reason why someone may have developed it.
In a less sinister scenario, these bumps could have occurred as a result of a recent injury or a bone fracture which has not properly healed. Such injuries usually heal on their own without any sort of medical attention.
In one of the worst-case scenarios, (which normally arises in older people), a ganglion cyst could stem from numerous degenerative illnesses.
These sorts of conditions tend to affect the joints near the wrist and cause inflammation of the soft tissues.
In other cases, the cyst can stem from an injury caused by repetitive wrist movements, for instance, those who work on computers the whole day may be prone to this.
And it only gets more complicated from here on out, because just as there are different causes of hygroma, there are also different symptoms that doctors and patients rely on to procure a diagnosis.
One of the main symptoms attached to hygroma is a noticeable difficulty in moving the affected joints.
The growth rate of the bump varies from patient to patient, and can even change in the same patient during different periods.
Fortunately, for all those who happen to have a ganglion cyst, it cannot turn into a malignant tumor. It is very easily removed by a surgeon without any further complications.
Yes, a bump on your wrist could potentially have been caused by a degenerative illness but this is unlikely if the person affected is young and generally quite fit and healthy.
So there you have it - that bump on your wrist is pretty common and, 99% of the time, usually nothing to worry about.