We use our wrists every day as we open jars and doors, type, chop vegetables and golf, climb, or play most any racquet sport. The multitude of bones, ligaments and muscles in the wrist, combined with the many complex movements required makes wrist injuries common.
Some frequent causes of wrist pain are:
De Quervain’s Tendinosis – causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist/forearm when you use your thumb to grip something, or when you rotate your wrist.
Cervical Radiculopathy: A pinched nerve in your neck can cause pain in the shoulder blade, upper arm, wrist or hand, as well as weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arm.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect many joints in the body, but often involves a breakdown of the cartilage in the wrist and hand joints with associated joint deformities.
Osteoarthritis of the wrists is common as we age but does not have to be debilitating with proper physical therapy treatment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: (CTS) is a common condition of the wrist and hand that affects use of the whole arm. Pressure on the median nerve in the palm causes burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm and fingers, especially at night. If the condition worsens, symptoms are noticed during the daytime and are often worse when holding something.
CTS affects 1 in 20 Americans. Surgery performed on the wrist can make room for the median nerve. Fortunately for most people with CTS, PT relieves pain and numbness and restores function without surgery. But even if you have surgery, PT afterwards is vital to restore full motion and function.
Where you hurt does not tell us why you hurt. Sorting out movement dysfunction and the reason behind it and then giving you the tools to recover quickly is what we aim to do here at ALTA.