Wrist and hand injuries are common following a fall onto an outstretched hand or upper limb weight bearing sports (such as gymnastics). Gradual onset hand and wrist pain often develops as a result of overuse particularly in gripping activities such as racquet sports or manual work such as carpentry. Occasionally, pain can be referred from other sources (such as the neck, upper back, shoulder or elbow).
Common causes of Wrist and Hand Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This is a condition where the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the tunnel in the wrist. Click Here to read more
Tendons can be subject to both over use injuries and traumatic injuries. Click Here to read more.
Arthritis of the hand can be both painful and disabling. Arthritis literally means “inflamed joint”. Click Here to read more.
A fracture occurs when enough force is applied to a bone to break it. Click Here to read more.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are the connective tissues that connect bones to bones. Click Here to read more.
The wrist is a complex mechanical system of 8 small bones known as the carpal bones. The carpal bones are arranged in 2 interrelated rows. One row connects with the ends of the bones in the forearm—radius and ulna. The other row connects with the bones of the palm of the hand. The hand has 19 bones which form 14 separate joints. The muscles and tendons in the forearm and palm all work together to keep the wrist and hand moving, stable, and aligned.
The Back & Body Clinic advise physiotherapy especially if the condition is not settling. With many wrist and hand injuries, we may need to provide you with the appropriate splints/supports and to give you exercises that will focus on ensuring that the fine motor control of your fingers return. In some cases we will work closely with hand therapists.