Almost everyone experiences minor problem with wrist as well as with hand and finger. Most of the time, body movements do not cause problems, but it is no surprise if you experience symptoms because of everyday wear and tear or from overuse.
Wrist pain is a common complaint. It can be caused by disease or injury that affects any part of the wrist joint, including the bones, ligaments, and connective tissue surrounding the area. If it comes to the point that the pain already restricts your activity, then it is time to consider seeking a doctor’s help.
Treatments for wrist problems vary depending on the type of injury. Some treatments may be harmful, some treatments may be risky, and some treatments may not offer much help at all. But there are other treatments available that are safe and highly effective in eliminating the pain such as chiropractic, Sarapin, and Supartz therapy, which are offered in our Lawrenceville GA and Buford GA centers.
Your hand has a very complex structure. There are more than 25 bones in the human hand and wrist. The wrist joint gives strength and flexibility to be able to do infinite variety of tasks. There are 2 primary functions of the hand – pinch, which uses thumb and index finger, and power grip, where the hand is closed around an object. The wrist joint can extend upward or flex downward, and can move lateral from side to side.
There are two common causes of wrist pain – carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis of which both are a result of overuse. They are common in people who spend most of the time doing activities that require pinching or gripping with bent wrist. Typing, doing needlework, playing tennis and playing piano can induce symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a main nerve (meridian nerve) gets compressed at the wrist due to swelling. Symptoms include aching, burning, numbness, or tingling in your palm, wrist, thumb or fingers. Muscles in your thumb may get weak which makes it difficult to grasp objects. Pain may radiate to your elbow.
Tendonitis in the wrist is the inflammation of one or more of the tendons in the wrist joint. There are several of these tendons that attach various muscles from the forearm to the bones of the wrist and hand. Overuse, repetitive action or injury causes tiny tears in the tendon fiber that causes the inflammation. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Depending on the cause of your wrist pain, treatment may differ. It may not respond well to all treatments. Treating the pain as early as possible has a better chance for a full recovery. Most cases of wrist pain can be treated without surgery. Most commonly, cold therapy, proper ergonomics and use of your wrists, and exercise are being used for pain relief. For natural pain relief, chiropractic, Sarapin injection, and Supartz therapy can be helpful.
How Chiropractic Helps
Chiropractic adjustments can help people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Most people are not aware that the pain which they felt in their wrist may be coming from their spine. Often it may originate from the neck or upper back. Your chiropractor will work on the cause by correcting the spine to where the root problem is. Other areas that are involved with wrist pain such as the shoulder, elbow, and muscles around your neck may also be treated by your chiropractor if necessary.
Some common treatments your chiropractor use include manipulation of the wrist, arm and upper spine, ultrasound therapy, and wrist supports. Your chiropractor may also recommend rest, using ice, exercises or brace.