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Hand And Wrist Pain

Wrist Pain Physio At The Movement Centre

Hand and wrist pain are common complaints seen by physiotherapists within Randwick Physio clinics.  Hand and wrist complaints may cause several symptoms ranging from pain, to restricted movement or strength.  This can lead to gripping, lifting and general function limitations which necessitate the skills of a wrist pain physio.

Symptoms may come about as the result of a sudden traumatic injury, or due to repetitive stress, as with overuse conditions.  Some medical conditions can leave an individual more vulnerable to suffering hand and wrist pain such as pregnancy, diabetes, gout and rheumatoid arthritis…

The Wrist Is A Complex Area Of Practice Requiring Accurate Diagnosis

The hand and wrist is a complex area, the wrist alone is made up of eight small bones. These bones are arranged in two rows articulating with each other and the two long bones of the forearm.  As well as several interconnected joints, there is a network of ligaments connecting the bones to each other, tendons and nerves running either side of the wrist and muscles situated in the hand itself.  Damage to any of the above tissues could potentially cause pain and impact the ability to use your hand or wrist.  Because there are multiple structures capable of causing hand and wrist pain, accurate diagnosis is crucial. Wrist Pain physio requires the therapist to be highly trained in both the assessment and management of hand and wrist pain.

Common Conditions Benefiting From Hand Physio

  • Osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist isn’t particularly common.  However as with other joints in the body having suffered a previous injury to the wrist such as a fracture can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.  As it stands the base of the thumb is the most common joint in the hand to develop osteoarthritis.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of wrist pain.  Often considered to be related to the performing of repetitive tasks such as are required in many jobs, sports, or musical pursuits.  Yet it is also common to temporarily experience carpal tunnel symptoms during pregnancy in the second or third trimester.
  • Ganglion cysts are a benign soft tissue cyst.  These cysts can sometimes become symptomatic also causing pain in the wrist.

  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, like carpal tunnel is often attributed to repetitive loading stress.  With De Quervains it specifically impacts the tendons of the thumb, causing pain at the base of the thumb and wrist.  Again, it is an overuse injury and is quite common with young mums with newborns, specifically mothers who are breastfeeding.

  • Fractures of the wrist may require you to see a wrist pain Physio.  Common fractures include a scaphoid fracture and a Colles fracture.  A scaphoid fracture is a fracture to small bone on the thumb side of the wrist (the scaphoid) where as a Colles fracture is a fracture to the distal radius which is the long bone on the thumb side of the forearm near the wrist.  Both these fractures are generally the result of a fall on to an outstretched hand.
  • Hand And Wrist Pain Physio Management 

     Wrist pain physio for a trauma like a sudden impact, fall or twisting injury differs from wrist pain Physio directed at managing overuse conditions resulting from sports, occupational stress or hobbies.  Hand and wrist pain treatment directed at arthritic conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis will be managed differently as well.  Potential treatment options available to a physiotherapist in the management of hand and wrist pain may include, splinting, bracing, or taping of the area, stretching or strengthening programs, manual therapy mobilising soft tissues or joints where necessary.  Frequently ergonomic assessment of tasks performed in the workplace, in sports or during hobbies is necessary.  Such ergonomic assessment is particularly topical with any overuse injuries but also important when patients are returning to work following any significant hand or wrist trauma.  Our Randwick wrist pain Physio team are here to help patients manage their hand and wrist pain whatever the cause. 

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