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Wrist Pain

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Wrist pain can be very painful limiting factor in persons daily life. Wrist pain can affect lifting, carrying, pushing pulling, even weight bearing on affected wrist.
Wrist is very complicated joint with 15 bones, numerous ligaments and numerous tendons crossing around that region. Due to complexity in the anatomy of wrist it is very easy to overlook certain pathologies. 
There are many causes for wrist pain which may rage from simple sprain/strain ,tendonitis, arthritis to serious one like ligament tears, persistent cysts etc.
Any pain lasting for more than 3-5 days shuld be checked out by a experienced doctor and therapist to make proper diagnosis.   
wrist pain in pregancy and lactating mothers
Wrist pain can develop in pregancy along with c/o numbness and tingling in hands especially at night. This happens due to hormonal changes and retention of fluids causing compression in tunnel around wrist and is usually resolved after preganancy.
We have treated expecting mothers with conservative treatment once symptoms become unbearable or very painful to the point where sleep and daily function is affected. We use customized splinting, special exs and activites to minimize discomfort and pain making the pregnany more plesant and less stressful on body.
On the other hand mothers who are breast-feeding have to hold the baby in certain position using their wrist and forearm. Sooner or later in some cases mothers develop inflammation of tendons of wrist, thumb and or elbow causing severe pain and discomofrt while feeding the baby.
We treat these mothers for pain relief, reducing tenderness, modification and adaptation in position of baby while feeling, home exercises etc.
Wrist Pain...and How To Make It Stop!
In an age dominated by computers, wrist pain is an increasingly common complaint. There can be many sources of wrist pain, ranging from sudden onset (a fracture after a fall or trauma) to repetitive stress leading to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
If your pain has been going on for a long time, diagnosing the exact cause is something your physical therapist can help you with.  The RIGHT diagnosis can help you get the proper treatment.
So What Are Your Symptoms?
Symptoms can differ, depending on the cause. For example, osteoarthritis pain is usually described as "dull pain", almost like a toothache. Tendinitis may be a “sharp or stabbing” pain. If you have any tingling, or “pins-and-needles” type of sensation, it may be related to nerve pain, which is often present with carpal tunnel syndrome. The exact location and type of wrist pain will help your doctor and physical therapist reach a conclusive diagnosis. This will allow them to design a treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery. 
Two of the most common ways to injure your wrist are:
  • Sudden impacts. Falls are the most common cause of injury, especially falling with your hand stretched out straight. This can cause sprains, strains and even fractures.
  • Repetitive stress. Any activity that requires repetitive wrist motion – hitting a tennis ball, golfing, bowling, typing, or repetitive carrying of objects – can irritate the soft tissue in the wrist.
The FIRST Thing To Do...
  • If this is the first time your wrist is hurting, you may want to try applying ice for 15-20 minutes and taking some over-the-counter pain medicine (follow the instructions carefully). If the pain is severe, an over-the-counter wrist brace to reduce stress on the injured area is also a good idea.
  • If this is a re-injury, treat it with 15-20 minutes of ice and avoid any painful activities or exercises. If you had physical therapy in the past for the same condition, call your physical therapist to seek advice on which therapeutic exercises should be resumed (or avoided).

Categories: hand and occupational therapy blog, pain, physical therapy blogs

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