Wrist Pain

Are you suffering from wrist pain?

Are you suffering from pain, discomfort or movement restriction of your wrist?

The wrists anatomy and biomechanics are extremely complex and due to the daily stresses that the joint is subjected to it is testament to the body’s durability problems do not arise there more often.

However wrist pain is a common complaint and there are many causes of this problem. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the damaged tissues so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause.

Some common causes include:

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a common problem that can cause wrist pain and swelling. Wrist tendonitis is commonly due to inflammation of the tendon sheath due to repetitive movements.  Sporting activities are a really common way to develop this type of injury.

Sprain

Wrist sprains are common injuries to the ligaments around the wrist joint. Sprains can cause problems within the hand leading to limitation of normal use.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In carpal tunnel syndrome the median nerve is compressed (a nerve running through the front of your wrist), as it passes through the wrist joints this usually lead to sensory changes and weakness in the hand or fingers.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a problem that can cause wrist pain and difficulty performing normal activities. There are several causes of arthritis, fortunately there are a number of treatments for wrist arthritis.  Your Osteopath will be able to advise you on all the best activities to exercise the effected joint(s) and those best avoided.

Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a swelling that usually occurs over the back of the hand or wrist. These are benign, fluid-filled capsules. Ganglion cysts are not cancerous, will not spread, and while they may grow in size, they will not spread to other parts of your body. Tightness to the local muscles may occur, leading to an unnatural movement by the joints. Osteopathy cannot cure your Ganglion but can work with the muscles in the vicinity helping the mechanics of the joints.

Fractures

A wrist fracture is a common orthopedic injury. Patients who sustain a broken wrist may be treated in a cast, or they may need surgery for the fracture. Post surgery Osteopathy is great for rehabilitation.