Hand and wrist pain

One of the most common causes of wrist pain is a sprained wrist. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, the tough fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones. Ligament injuries involve a stretching or a tearing of this tissue. Wrist sprains generally occur with hyper motion of the wrist and, when the wrist bends too far it stresses the ligaments and may cause damage. During sporting activities, the wrist may be subjected to significant stress, and the ligaments and joint capsules may be damaged. Pain is the most common symptom of a wrist sprain. It is generally located around the wrist, and may radiate into the hand or forearm.

Another effect of falling on the wrist or having it bend too far is the compression of the carpal bones against each other. Sometimes this can cause a fracture or it can cause damage to the articular surfaces of the carpal bones. These surfaces are meant to allow the bones to glide easily against each other. When damaged, they lose this ability to glide, which will restrict motion, and cause pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness or pain, felt in the fingers, thumb, hand, and sometimes into the forearm. Improper or prolonged use of the hands or wrist can put pressure on the median nerve by causing swelling or thickening of tissues close to or within the carpal tunnel. Both work and recreational activities can cause carpal tunnel syndrome if done over a long period of time.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe symptoms such as pain, swelling, or tenderness that occur from repeating the same motion over and over. Repeated use of the same motion may cause tissues to swell and become fatigued. Both work and recreational activities can cause RSI. When the tissues swell and put pressure on the nerves, you may experience, tenderness, tingling, numbness and weakness.

Our knowledgeable and experienced therapists are available for consultation on any symptoms you may be suffering from.