Wrist Pain

Melbourne chiropractor Dr.David Black has found that wrist pain can be a troublesome condition that can greatly interfere with our normal everyday activities. It can make it difficult or even almost impossible to perform simple tasks such as picking up a cup, brushing one’s hair or doing up buttons. Until you have a wrist problem, you probably take this joint it for granted. Just wait until you need help with washing and dressing.

Some causes of wrist pain can include the following things :-
1. Tendonitis. This is a common problem that can cause pain and swelling.  Wrist tendonitis is due to inflammation of the tendon sheath, notably due to repetitive strain and computers are often the culprit. Sometimes gardening and housekeeping activities are the problem. Treatment of wrist pain caused by tendonitis usually does not require surgery

2. Sprain. Wrist sprains are common injuries to the ligaments around the wrist joint. Ligaments become very tender and movement is painful. Sports, gardening, lifting children, ironing and food preparation can all contribute. Sprains can cause real problems by limiting the use of our hands and requiring long periods of rest.

3. Carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the condition that results from compression and irritation of one the median nerve in the wrist. In carpal tunnel syndrome this nerve is compressed and it seems more common in women , especially if hormonal levels fluctuate and they carry more fluid in their periphery, as may happen with pregnancy. It may linked to repetitive strain injuries.

4. Arthritis. This is a problem that can cause severe wrist pain and difficulty performing normal activities. There are many ideas and possible causes of arthritis, and fortunately there are a number of treatments for wrist arthritis. Generally imaging, blood tests and a rheumatologist needs to confirm the exact type of arthritis present.

5. Ganglion cyst. This is a benign swelling that usually occurs over the back of the hand or wrist. These are benign, fluid-filled capsules. Ganglion cysts are not cancerous, will not spread, and while they may grow in size, they will not spread to other parts of your body.

6. Fracture. This is a common orthopedic injury. Patients who sustain a broken wrist may be treated in a cast, or they may need surgery for the fracture. The outcome varies with the type of fracture, displaced or undisplaced and how much rehabilitation it requires.

Treatment of some of these conditions could include ice and heat application, a wrist support, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.

7. Nerve interference can contribute to wrist pain and can often be alleviated by chiropractic treatment.When do you need to call your doctor about your wrist pain? If you are unsure of the cause of your wrist pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:

* Inability to carry objects or use the arm 
* Injury that causes deformity of the joint 
* Wrist pain that occurs at night or while resting
* Wrist pain that persists beyond a few days
* Inability to straighten or flex the joint
* Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or forearm
* Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth 
* Any other unusual symptoms

What are the best treatments for wrist pain? The treatment of wrist pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment.Chiropractic can help with some wrist injuries depending on the level of inflammation, swelling and whether there has been trauma. Your chiropractor will be able to advise you as to what steps you should take to resolve the situation.