Common Wrist Complaints And Remedies

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We will all suffer from some form of wrist pain at some stage, whether induced from a fall, overuse or picking up something which is too heavy. There a variety of causes and likewise a variety of remedies to ensure you return to full fitness. This article covers some of the most common complaints and the rehabilitation routes available to you. It is important to note that the majority of injuries in general are self-limiting and following a few days of rest you should be feeling better. In the event that the injury fails to show signs of improvement then it is advisable to seek a professional diagnosis as you may require further treatment in the form of physiotherapy, the use of a wrist support or in extreme cases surgery. Sprained Wrist This is the most common source of wrist pain, where the ligaments within the joint have been stretched beyond their normal range of motion, leading to inflammation and instability of the joint. Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue which connect bones and are responsible for the overall stability of a joint in allowing you to control movement and take weight. A sprained wrist can happen through a variety of ways, one of the most common is following a fall. When you fall you instinctively put your arms out to break your fall, which in turn places your entire body weight on your wrist joints which can cause a sprain. In more serious cases it can cause your wrist to break. The condition itself is largely self-limiting and whilst it may not look pretty as a result of the inflammation and bruising applying ice can help to manage this and following a few days rest the symptoms should have cleared up. A wrist support can also be used on your return to action to offer additional support. Where you have incurred a simple strain then a standard compression based wrist support will do the job to help manage inflammation, whereas if there is any instability and then a rigid brace should be used to help keep you mobile. RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) RSI is an overuse injury from undertaking a repetitive task. Activities can affect us all differently, with some us suffering RSI as a result of playing guitar, painting or in sports such as tennis or even as a result of your job. The term itself is used to describe pain felt in the muscles, nerves and tendons. Typically symptoms include pain and tenderness, stiffness, tingling and cramp. If you encounter any of these then it is advisable to find the root cause of the problem and potentially refrain from undertaking that task. Strengthening exercises to help build strength in the joint can also work as well as wearing a wrist support. The brace works by offering compression to the affected area, thereby reducing inflammation and pain and allowing you to continue for longer. Broken Wrist As discussed, this can occur following a fall and the severity of the break will ultimately dictate the treatment options offered by the doctors. If you suspect you have broken your wrist then you should seek medical attention immediately rather than waiting a few days as with most other injuries. Following a clean break it is likely that your wrist will be placed in a cast and given time to heal, though for fractures surgery may be required to pin the bones back in place followed by a period of time in a cast. Once the cast has been removed you need to rebuild strength in the joint which a physiotherapist can work with you on by giving you exercises. A rigid wrist support may also be advised to offer additional support and minimise the risk of further injury being caused. ---------------------------------------------------- Dave Regis discusses the use of orthotics for the management of wrist pain reviewing injury rehabilitation through exercise and the use of bracing and supports. He writes articles focussing on the use of a wrist support and other methods of rehabilitation.

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