Common Types of Wrist Pain
Symptoms & Treatment NYC
Wrist pain can be recurring problem for anyone who spends a significant amount of time doing repetitive tasks. There are numerous possible causes for wrist pain, perhaps the most common being Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Although in rare cases wrist pain will require the intervention of a surgeon, conservative methods can often relieve pain and restore both range of motion and functional strength. Our office in NYC can stop the pain without the risks associated with surgical care.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common wrist condition that occurs when the median nerve gets compressed at the wrist due to swelling. Repetitive wrist movement such as typing, sewing, painting, writing, or using a vibrating tool often triggers the swelling. Symptoms for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include aching, burning pain in the wrist, palm, or fingers. Tingling or numbness can spread to the fingers or hand and often occurs while holding something. Pain may extend up the elbow and the thumb muscle can become weak, making it harder to grip things.
Wrist injuries are notorious as a problem that can keep coming back. Treatment over the long term that includes rest as part of the program is an important part of proper healing and avoiding the development of chronic wrist pain.
A sprained wrist usually occurs when someone tries to catch their fall with their hands and the sudden impact forcefully twists or torques the wrist ligaments. Symptoms include painful wrist movement, swelling of the joint, bruising or discoloration, and burning and tingling around the wrist. Not to be confused with a sprain, strained wrist is a condition that is associated exclusively with the muscles and tendons of the wrist. However, symptoms of both conditions tend to be similar.
Wrist tendinitis is a common condition in which irritation and inflammation of the wrist tendons cause pain. There are many tendons in the wrist joint, but the tendonitis usually affects only one, though it can affect two or more. Normally, tendons slide past through smooth sheaths as they pass through the wrist joint. When tendonitis becomes problematic, the tendon sheath becomes thickened and constricts the sliding motions of the tendons.
Wrist bursitis involves inflammation of the small sacks of fluid that are responsible for lubricating the movement of tendons in joints like the wrist (called bursa or bursal sacs). With repeated trauma or injury, bursa can become swollen and cause pain the wrist. This typically affects people who put a lot of weight on their hands for extended periods of time, such as cyclists. Symptoms include pain in the wrist, especially when the wrist is bent back and pressure is applied, and/or a small lump or swelling at the top of the wrist.
Wrist arthritis can manifest in several forms. Post-traumatic arthritis occurs when injury causes damage wrist joint cartilage leading to the breakdown of the joint surface. This can follow a broken wrist that involves the surface cartilage of the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the entire body, causing inflammation and degeneration of the joints. When the smaller bones and ligaments of the wrist (known as the carpal bones and carpal ligaments) sustain injury, wrist instability can become a problem. Cartilage in the wrist can break down because of abnormal motion in the component bones and ligaments. Living Well Medical in NYC can help reduce and manage the pain of wrist arthritis.
Wrist Pain Treatment Downtown Manhattan, NYC
Wrist pain treatment is a important to being able to resume normal activity, especially for people who rely on their hands for work. By integrating treatments that help restore function and range of motion while speeding recovery times, Living Well Medical gives our patients in NYC the kind of support they need to feel like themselves again. A typical wrist pain program might include Kinesio taping, physical therapy, cold laser therapy, ART (Active Release Technique) and the Graston Technique, but each person we treat has different needs that require a different approach. We take pride in catering to the individual.