The hand and wrist are made up of exceptional mechanics which comprise approximately twenty-five bones. Attached to each bone are ligaments, tendons and muscles to help the wrist move side to side as well as up and down. With so many components to the hand and wrist, it is not surprising when tension or injury causes pain to this particular area.
What are the common causes of wrist pain?
Wrist pain can be caused by several factors such as:
- Sports injuries due to torn ligaments
- Sprains & Strains
- Impact injuries, such as bracing oneself from a fall
- Injuries resulting from repetitive movements, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tendonitis
Types of wrist pain
Wrist pain can be a dull ache when associated with arthritis, or it can be a sharp, stabbing pain when tendonitis is the cause. Some wrist pain causes numbness and tingling to occur even radiating up the arm and down into the hand.
How can wrist pain affect your life?
The wrist is a delicate area of nerves and blood vessels surrounding the bone, tendons and ligaments. Stress or injury to this area inhibits activity of the hand as well as the arm–necessary elements in daily routine activities. It also reduces productivity in job performance and detracts from the individual’s quality and enjoyment of life.
Why see a chiropractor for wrist pain?
While minor sprains and strains respond well to ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications, there are some instances when a doctor’s expertise is needed. Pain and inflammation lasting longer than a few days or pain that intensifies and becomes worse will need to be seen by a doctor. Delaying care and treatment can lead to poor circulation, longer healing, decline in range of motion and can even result in long-term disability
What can a chiropractor do to help relieve wrist pain?
A chiropractor can realign and manipulate the bones of the wrist back into its proper aligned state, thus reducing tension on the surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles. When a bone is out of place these connective tissues can become inflamed as it tries to overcompensate for the misalignment. A wrist adjustment performed by a chiropractor can aid the body to naturally heal itself by increasing blood circulation to the injured area and help relieve tension off the nerves to ultimately reduced pain, increase range of motion and speed recovery time.
For a professional consultation on how chronic wrist pain can be reduced or eliminated, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.