3/24/12

Painful Lump in Wrist that Interferes with Pushups

Do you have a lump in your wrist that makes pushups painful?

Have you discovered that the reason there’s pain when you do pushups or similar exercises is because of a lump in your wrist? The lump may be tender if you press on it. It’s not rock hard; it gives a little when you press on it, but it’s not super soft, either. What is this strange painful lump in your wrist that messes up your pushups?
Ganglion cyst in wrist

“The most common cause of a lump in the wrist is a small fluid filled cyst called a ganglion cyst,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD (internal medicine), founder of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network. His latest book is “The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution" (Avery Penguin 2013).

“The good news is that it is quite benign and reasonable to ignore unless it is annoying you enough to need treatment.” In other words, it’s not cancer and cannot turn into cancer. It also will not cause local destruction. It stays the same size if it’s there to stay.

Treatment for a lump in your wrist is something you should consider if it’s interfering with pushups. I have a ganglion cyst and I must do pushups while grasping dumbbells on the floor. This is no big deal and actually allows for greater range of motion. However, a ganglion cyst can also cause pain when doing dips.

Dr. Teitelbaum says that “treatment includes putting a needle in to drain the cyst or surgically removing it. Recurrence is not uncommon with either of these options. The best option? Ignore it (as long as it does not cause pain). It may go away spontaneously. If you need to do something, I would begin with having the doctor simply put a needle in to see if it can be drained (depending on how thick the fluid inside the cyst is). I would save surgery as a last resort.”
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