The wrist joint is often taken for granted. Did you know that how much of our daily activity is achievable only because of our wrists? From texting, writing, gripping, twisting, to lifting, it is our wrists that make our day-to-day functioning possible. Sadly, it is only when the wrist joint gets hurt and becomes stiff and painful; we realize the importance of it.
Pain in the wrist joint is not so easy to figure out since our wrist is one complicated joint in the human body. It is made up of several bones, ligaments, connective tissue, muscles, and nerves, that even a slight discomfort in any of them can cause an acute to chronic wrist pain. Now, let’s take note of the possible factors that can hurt our wrist.
Causes of wrist pain
➔ A sudden impact or injury, which is quite common in some of the sports like bowling, golf, gymnastics, snowboarding, tennis, and weightlifting.
➔ Repetitive use of wrists and hands, for example, keyboard typing or cutting hair, can easily lead to inflamed joints and disabling wrist pain.
➔ A result of long-term problems such as repetitive stress and arthritis.
➔ Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that develops when a ligament thickens and puts pressure on the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel, a passageway in the palm side of the wrist. The nerve is squeezed, which can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand.
➔ De Quervain’s disease, which is an inflammation of the tendons that begins in the thumb and extends to the wrist.
➔ Wrist bursitis or tendonitis
➔ Tumors of the bones or other structures in hand can also cause wrist pain.
➔ Ganglion cyst, where fluid-filled and painful soft-tissue cysts are often developed on the wrist opposite the palm.
Symptoms of wrist pain
➔ Although wrist pain symptoms depend upon the causes, some of the common ones are;
➔ Achy or dull or extremely sharp pain at different locations on the wrist
➔ Swelling and bruising.
➔ Numbness, tingling, and weakness of the hand which happens in carpal tunnel syndrome.
➔ Stiffness in the wrist and potentially the fingers.
➔ A clicking sound when moving the wrist
➔ Losing grip strength and difficulty in performing daily activities
➔ Occasional shock-like sensations that one feels like shaking it away
Treatment for wrist pain
➔ Minor pain in the wrist joint can be treated with ice therapy or giving the wrists a complete rest.
➔ Wearing a wrist splint also brings wrist pain relief to a great extent as it prevents wrist pain from worsening further.
➔ Try certain exercises for wrist pain like wrist rolls where you interlock the fingers and make big circles with the wrists, wrist rocks where you take your body to all fours and turn your fingers to face toward your knees with palms facing down. Rock back on the hips for three to five seconds, and then forward, until the tissue in the wrists and forearms feels loosened, and wrist releases to stretch and lengthen muscles and tendons of the wrists.
Highly recommended for carpal tunnel relief, electrotherapy is the best and natural way to treat all types of wrist pain. Using SONICTENS, a combination of TENS and ultrasound therapy unit is said to have worked exceptionally well for carpal tunnel treatment and other wrist conditions. It is 100% natural, free from side-effects and drugfree permanent solution that everyone can afford.
Using wrist guards, taking regular breaks and exercises can keep wrists safe and healthy.