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Wrist And Hand Pain

Recovering from a wrist or hand injury can be challenging when you need to use your hand frequently.
Wrist and hand pain are common injuries we treat.

These injuries are often caused by a fall or repetitive strain injury (RSI). When the wrist or hand has not suffered a direct injury, it may have gradually built up over time following an injury to your elbow, shoulder or neck. In many cases, the wrist is overworked as it tries to compensate for other areas of the body that are not functioning properly.

Common wrist complaints we treat:

Wrist fractures, sprains and strains, tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, and rheumatoid arthritis, among many other conditions.

If you experience pain in your wrist or hand, you may also feel pain in your thumb or moving into your forearm, towards your elbow. The sensation of this can differ, with it sometimes causing considerable pain and at other times creating pins and needles.

It is highly recommended to consult a professional to determine the source of the pain. Remember, it is not just important to treat the symptoms but to target the source of the pain and prevent it from coming back. We are here to help!

Wrist and hand pain can often be caused by:

Overuse (or repetitive strain) - Now living in the digital age, we are more likely to be using a mouse, keyboard or laptop, which puts us at a higher risk of experiencing wrist or hand pain. Even if we are not sitting at a desk, physical activities such as DIY, gardening, learning a new instrument or moving home, can also trigger a bout of wrist or hand pain.

A new hobby or sport - Doing too much too soon, or increasing physical activity too quickly, when your body isn’t used to it can cause problems. We recommend a “Body MOT”  for those who want to get into or increase physical activity.

Trauma such as sports injuries, road traffic accidents, falls, and twists are all incidents in life that can cause lasting problems if not properly addressed and rehabilitated properly.

Previous injuries to the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck. Old injuries can come back to haunt us if not managed properly.

Imbalances in strength, mobility, flexibility, posture, or alignment can all contribute to your pain. Weak or tight muscles can impact joints, muscles, tendons and nerves in other parts of the body. Your body should function as a team, and we want to ensure that one body area isn’t left doing all the work.

Age/Arthritis - As you get older, you lose 3-8% muscle mass per year which can help us to understand why things might get harder with age. Arthritis isn’t a disease; it is wear and tear, and it is inevitable, even for those who don’t have pain. However, it doesn’t mean you have to live in constant pain. We can’t get rid of arthritis but we can help reduce pain by making you more resilient and keeping your muscles and joints functioning at their best, like a well-oiled machine. Here's a link to our blog for more information about wear and tear, arthritis, and keeping your body well-maintained.

Women’s health issues such as those related to pregnancy, post-natal or menopause can cause various problems with the body.

Underlying medical history such as diabetes, rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, nutritional deficiencies, and neurological problems, can make you more susceptible to experiencing pain in different parts of your body. Our team collaborates with other healthcare professionals to ensure that you receive the appropriate care, even if physiotherapy is not the best option for you.

Core, pelvic floor and breathing function - The way your diaphragm, ribcage and core function can have a significant impact on the rest of your body. Believe it or not, men have a pelvic floor too!  

Referred pain - The body is an exceptionally complex machine, even if you don’t have pain in your neck, it can sometimes cause wrist or hand pain. We use the consultation and our Body MOT service to make sense of the source of it.

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