The wrist is a small joint of the upper limb and is vital for hand movements and daily activities. A wrist injury can potentially affect a large part of life, causing pain with writing, sports, pushing up from your seat, or anything which requires the use of your hands. Sometimes compression can occur in the wrist joint, leading to tingling, numbness and weakness of the muscles of the hands.
Common wrist injuries include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome – Repetitive strain or overuse injury. Impingement of the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel.
Fractures – Falling on outstretched arm, sport or work related injury.
Muscle strained / ligament sprain Stressed over deviation from normal range of motion causing micro tears in muscles/ligaments around the wrist.
- Numbness, tingling and weakness of the fingers and palms.
- Swelling, warmth and redness around the wrist joint.
- Pain and difficulty in moving the wrist.
- Chronic stiffness of the wrist joint.
With early intervention and physiotherapy, these issues can be easily resolved.
Physiotherapy at Our Centre
- Radial Shock Wave Therapy: Increases the blood vessel formation to initiates the healing.
- Laser Therapy: Low level lasers cause vasodilatation, bringing in more oxygen to the tissue.
- Ultrasound Therapy: Increases the blood supply thereby promoting tissue repair.
- Interferential Therapy: Stimulates the muscle and nerve fibres.
- Cryotherapy: Use of cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation around the joint.
- Exercise Therapy: Muscle releases, frictional massage, stretching and strengthening work.
Wrist Guard and dynamic taping: Provides support to the joint, relieves overstrained muscles, and helps with reducing swelling.