Which Areas of the Body Can Wrist Pain Originate From?
Wrist pain is tricky. It may seem like it’s coming from turning your wrist or overusing it, but it could actually start in other areas of the body.
- Forearm and elbow – the radius and ulna bones have a tendency to become misaligned. When this happens, it will cause blood vessel and nerve related issues. These issues will be exacerbated when the forearm muscles are overused, and this can cause tension in the hand and wrist.
- Wrist bones – these bones are also known as the carpal bones, and there are eight of them in total. When the bones become misaligned due to repetitively typing on your keyboard or other actions that involve repetitive motion, or from accidents, you’ll put pressure on the ulnar and median nerves that go into the hand. There are also tiny ligaments that connect them and they have a tendency to develop scar tissue. When the scar tissue forms it can cause a loss of motion in the wrist and also a debilitating amount of pain. This problem typically happens to those who operate a keyboard, mouse or even hairstylists who are repetitively using scissors all day long.
- Shoulder – the bones inside of our shoulders can potentially become misaligned. If this takes place, the blood vessels and nerves will begin to experience irritation. This irritation can travel all the way down into the hand and wrist, causing severe wrist pain that has nothing to do with repetitively using this joint.
- Neck – when the spinal cord and spinal bones are suddenly no longer in alignment, this will cause severe neck pain. But it does more than just cause pain to the neck area. It will also add irritation and pressure to the wrists and hands and the surrounding nerves.
If you are experiencing any type of wrist pain, it would always be wise to contact a physical therapist as soon as possible. They will evaluate your condition and put together a treatment option to help you alleviate your suffering.
How Can a Physical Therapist Help with Wrist Pain?
A physical therapist can perform many types of therapies to help when dealing with pain in the wrist. They can perform manual therapy, such as massage or manipulation. They can also prescribe range of motion and strengthening exercises to help improve flexibility and counter and muscular imbalance that may be causing symptoms. Also, our chiropractor can look for spinal vertebrae misalignments, and provide an overall thorough physical examination to help determine the root cause of the problem.
Once the issue is officially diagnosed, the therapist can then begin performing therapies to alleviate the pain and suffering. This will correct the cause of the problem and not just mask the symptoms.