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Wrist Pain Causes


Wrist pain is an all too common ailment and the reasons for wrist pain are numerous and varied. Clearly, this makes diagnosing and treating a patient’s wrist pain at the source difficult… but not impossible! Given how often we use our arms, wrists, and hands for everyday, ordinary activities, even the slightest twinge of wrist pain can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life.

In our practice, we find that patients experience pain in the wrist most often resulting from carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist tendinitis, arthritis, sports injuries, or work injuries.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome originates when unusual stress is placed on the wrist’s median nerve and the nerve becomes pinched.
  • Patients with wrist tendinitis experience a swelling, or thickening, of the wrist’s tendons. Again, this inflammation puts atypical pressure on the wrist’s nerves. Wrist tendinitis pain extends from the thumb side of the hand.
  • Arthritis is categorized by inflammation in the body’s joints, and wrist arthritis is no different. Swelling of the wrist’s cartilage and joints indicates arthritis in the hand.
  • Sports injuries to the wrists are extremely commonplace and, if left untreated, can cause long-term joint, nerve, and soft-tissue damage. Our clinic treats a number of patients with either contact sports or gymnastic wrist injuries.
  • For patients who perform jobs with repetitive movements (typing, carpentry, assembly line work), work-related wrist injuries are quite common.

Patients with wrist pain trust our physical medicine professionals to provide care that is both drug- and surgery-free. After a thorough examination to determine the root of your wrist pain, our specialists will recommend any number of physical medicine treatments to first and foremost alleviate your pain, and then heal your injury. Physical medicine care for wrist injuries includes physical therapy (to stretch and strengthen surrounding soft tissues), massage, all-natural anti-inflammatory injections (e.g. Sarapin Injections), and/or Cold Laser Therapy (also known as Low Level Laser Therapy).

Our physical medicine techniques will first reduce inflammation and swelling, so that surrounding nerves and soft tissue is not further damaged. Once the swelling in the wrist has decreased, patients should experience relief from any numbness or tingling. Finally we will work with you to ease any lingering soreness, stiffness, or decreased range of motion.

For patients living with wrist pain and injury, our clinic’s physical medicine treatments can help you regain normal wrist, arm, and hand function. Call our office today to schedule a FREE screening with a member of our pain relief team.

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