Ligament Damage/ Joint Sprains
You have a number of important ligaments in your wrist which hold a large number of bones in place. These may become damaged or irritated from any activity which places too much strain on them and the damage may range from a slight strain to a complete rupture. If these structures are damaged, pain can range from mild to severe, you will notice weakness and decreased stability in the wrist and hand.
You have a number of powerful muscles that may become damaged while playing sport, writing or working on a computer. There are three main grades of strains ranging from Grade 1; where a muscle has a number of fibers damaged but most of the structure is still intact, Grade 2; where more fibers are damaged but the outside structure is still intact, and Grade 3; where the muscle has been torn and may have no continuity anymore. The muscles most commonly damaged in this area are the thumb or Thenar muscles.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpals are the 8 bones that make up your wrist and with the flexor retinaculum (a thick piece of tissue running across your wrist) they create the Carpal Tunnel. The reason this tunnel is important is that it protects the nerves and blood vessels that run underneath it as well as holds down the tendons from your forearm muscles when you move your fingers. Sometimes the space in this tunnel can decrease which can then place pressure on your Median Nerve. This nerve supplies your thumb, index finger and some of your middle finger. If irritated, you may lose sensation in these fingers and it may be weak when grabbing things like a pen or your coffee cup.
Treatment For Wrist and Hand Pain
Osteopathy can be very effective at treating and managing wrist and hand pain. Whatever the cause of the pain, the soft tissue techniques used will help to reduce muscle tension, pain, and improve circulation to the affected tissues. This will be combined with gentle joint manipulation and articulation techniques to help increase joint range of movement and as needed electrotherapy or dry needling. Personalised education and rehabilitation will help you manage pain and injury in the short and long term.
The Whole Body Clinic can assist with all of the different types of wrist and hand pain. To see how, please click on our Services.
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