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What causes a painful bump on the wrist?

HI, My name is Daisy and I have a bump on the top of my wrist. It hurts when I move my wrist. I do pop/crack my wrist sometimes. About two months ago it appeared and I don t know how. But when I went up north, it did disappear, I also don t know how, but while up there, I fell off a wall and landed on my wrists, left more than the right wrist (the one with the bump is left), and I had thought I may have sprained my left wrist, but I never go to hospitals for anything so I just shook it off. When I got back home, I just then noticed it was there again. My sister and I think its a bone out of place. What do you think?
Tue, 20 Feb 2018
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It may be a ganglion cyst.The cause of ganglion cysts . that trauma causes the tissue of the joint to break down, forming small cysts that then join into a larger, more obvious mass. The most likely gaglion cyst involves a flaw in the joint capsule or tendon sheath that allows the joint tissue to bulge out.Ganglion cysts most commonly occur on the back of the hand at the wrist joint but they can also develop on the palm side of the wrist. When found on the back of the wrist, they become more prominent when the wrist is flexed forward.
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What causes a painful bump on the wrist?

It may be a ganglion cyst.The cause of ganglion cysts . that trauma causes the tissue of the joint to break down, forming small cysts that then join into a larger, more obvious mass. The most likely gaglion cyst involves a flaw in the joint capsule or tendon sheath that allows the joint tissue to bulge out.Ganglion cysts most commonly occur on the back of the hand at the wrist joint but they can also develop on the palm side of the wrist. When found on the back of the wrist, they become more prominent when the wrist is flexed forward.