Whether it’s texting or playing sport, the joints in your wrists affect all the movement in your hands. For this reason, your wrists are constantly under stress, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of injuries and pains. At Point Cook Physical, we share with you the wrist pain treatment options, symptoms and diagnosis approach.
Causes Of Wrist Pain
Wrist pain can be caused by overstretched ligaments or shock such as the sudden impact from falling and landing on your hands. There are many other injuries and conditions which can contribute to wrist pain.
Some Causes Of Wrist Pain To Look Out For Are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpel tunnel syndrome is common in people who suffer from diabetes, arthritis and obesity. It has also been linked to those whose work involves a lot of typing or lifting.
The syndrome develops when a ligament in the wrist thickens, placing extra pressure on a nearby nerve. This pressure squeezes the nerve causing pain, numbness and weakness in the hand.
Osteoarthritis of the wrist becomes more common as you get older, but you’re particularly susceptible if it runs in the family. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers your bones wears away, causing inflammation of the joints. A wide range of joints can be affected by this condition.
Rheumatoid Arthritis primarily affects the hands and feet; however, other joints can also be affected. It is a chronic and progressive autoimmune disease, which causes the body’s immune system to break down healthy tissues. This results in swelling and severe joint pain.
Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may have stiff joints, and often feel lethargic and generally unwell.
Other Causes Of Wrist Pain Include:
- Repetitive Motion Syndrome
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
- Wrist Tendonitis
- Wrist Bursitis
- Ganglion Cyst
- Wrist Sprain
Symptoms Of Wrist Pain:
Your symptoms will vary depending on the cause of your wrist pain. It is important to note not just the type of pain you are experiencing, but also if you experience any other symptoms. For example, swelling and bruising could indicate a wrist sprain, whereas numbness and tingling could be a result of carpal tunnel.
Some Common Symptoms Of Wrist Pain Are:
- Stiffness in your wrist and/or fingers
- Trouble or discomfort when holding onto or picking up objects
- Clicking sounds when you move your wrist.
Diagnosing Wrist Pain:
If you are experiencing the following you may want to discuss your wrist pain with a doctor to diagnose the cause, if:
- Your pain is interfering with everyday activities such as gripping, typing or performing simple hand movements.
- You are experiencing tingling or numbness, which has worsened over time, especially if this has progressed to the point where you have little-to-no feeling in your hand.
To diagnose the specific cause of your wrist pain, your doctor will conduct a physical examination and review your symptoms. The cause of your wrist pain could also be diagnosed using the following techniques:
- A medical imaging scan such as a CT scan, X-ray or MRI.
- Nerve conduction studies measuring the speed of the nerve impulses traveling through the carpal tunnel region.
- Arthroscopy, which involves inserting a tiny camera into a small incision on the wrist and projecting images onto a screen for the doctor to see.
These more invasive diagnosing techniques are typically only used in cases where rest and recovery have been unsuccessful.
Wrist Pain Treatment:
How your doctor chooses to treat your wrist pain will depend on the cause and severity of the injury.
Some less invasive treatments for wrist pain include:
- Home treatments, such as icing the affected area, resting your wrist and over the counter pain medication.
- Splints can be used to prevent certain movement in your wrist, which may cause further inflammation and reduce nerve compression.
- Exercises may be recommended to stretch and lengthen muscles and tendons.
In cases where the injuries are more severe, your doctor may recommend surgical wrist pain treatment or cortisone injections.
If you’re suffering from wrist pain, we can help! For more information on how we can diagnose and solve your problem, please call Point Cook Physical on 9369 9766.