Wrist pain is often caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. But wrist pain can also result from long-term problems, such as repetitive stress, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist pain occurs from many potential sources of everyday life. These include sports injuries, work injuries or simple everyday arm use.
Because so many factors can lead to wrist pain, diagnosing the exact cause can be difficult, but an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper treatment and healing.
Types of injuries and causes
Wrist injuries often occur when you fall forward onto your outstretched hand. This can cause sprains, strains and even fractures.
Repetitive stress injuries arise from repetitive wrist motion such as hitting a tennis ball or simply working in a job where you perform the movement for hours on end without a break. These injuries often cause a great deal of inflammation and need to be addressed immediately to restore wrist function and prevent long term problems.
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when there’s increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel, a passageway in the palm side of your wrist. Often this type of pain renders the wrist and hand in a state where you can’t use it as well as you can.
Investigations immediately after a traumatic injury such as a fall on an outstretched arm will be important to rule in or out any bone injuries in the wrist.
Your physiotherapist will place great attention in assessing the cause of your wrist pain and the current state of your wrist.
They will look at strength, wrist movement, swelling, nerve structures, ligaments and tendons. Their main aim is to develop a treatment program to get you back on track!
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most wrist pain responds extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.
Treatment options include
- Manual therapy
- Exercises to improve strength and movement
- Dry Needling
- Sport specific exercises