Wrist Pain

What are some common causes wrist pain?

Doing small repeated movements, falling on an outstretched hand, lifting a heavy weight, or arthritis.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome? 

In this condition, there is excess pressure on the median nerve as it passes through a tunnel in the wrist into the hand. This results in tingling, numbness and loss of strength in the hand, and can be due to swelling caused by pregnancy or menopause, arthritis, alcohol use, cysts growing in or around the wrist. Some people are simply born with a narrow canal, and this causes their symptoms.

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Physiotherapists treat this condition by providing pain relief, bracing and mobilising the soft tissue and nerve. This is accompanied by instruction on proper ergonomics and strengthening to avoid the problem from happening again.

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How does arthritis affect the wrist?

Although osteoarthritis (breakdown of the joint cartilage) is rarely seen in the wrist, rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, swelling and deformity in the wrist and hand. 

Physiotherapists treat this by providing special braces, using modalities like whirlpool baths to reduce pain, and focusing on increasing the endurance of the muscles to make sure the patient can continue to use the hand for daily activity for as long as possible.