Wrist and hand pain is amongst the most common of problems for a variety of reasons. Often marked by overuse injuries, wrist and hand pain can arise in many different capacities, from injuries to the natural course of aging. With so many bones, connective tissues, tendons, blood vessels, muscles, and ligaments surrounding the wrist and hand, it is important to recognize symptoms early in order to address the injury or disease that is causing pain in these areas. Pain forming in the wrist and/or hand can indicate a wide range of medical issues, ranging significantly in severity.
Repetitive motions causing overuse injuries are certainly the most common precursor to wrist and hand pain. Nevertheless, more serious issues such as disease, tumors, or injury can also cause this pain, typically requiring a much different medical approach to healing. Dependent upon the severity of the injury, medical professionals will create an action plan which addresses the pain and paves the way for recovery.
At Campbell Sport Rehab and Spine Center, our chiropractic care team and our physical therapists are able to address wrist and hand pain directly in order to establish a treatment plan that returns the patient to normal range of motion and use. Approaching wrist and hand pain with a strategic recovery plan allows our patients to quickly get back to their normal daily routine. To learn more about your specific wrist and hand pain, schedule an appointment at our West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Gardens office today!
Caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, carpel tunnel syndrome begins progressively with a pain forming in the hand and wrist. The carpal tunnel refers to the narrow passageway that is located on the wrist, palm side. The carpal tunnel serves to protect the main nerve to the hand and the tendons that bend the fingers. When this nerve is compressed numbness, pain and weakness will eventually form, these symptoms are known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Patients should recognize the onset of carpel tunnel by the following symptoms: radiating pain from wrist to arm and even shoulder down to the palm/fingers, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers, and weakness in the hands that sometimes disallows the strength to hold things. When these symptoms persist, it is important to seek medical care. More often than not, splinting and physical therapy treatment will address the issues and return the patient to normal use.
Typically developing gradually over time, Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity affecting a layer of tissue which lies under the skin of the palm. When knots of tissue develop under the skin, a thick cord is eventually formed and may pull one or more of the patient’s fingers in a curved position. Unfortunately, once the deformity has taken place, the fingers cannot be straightened completely and may affect one’s ability to perform normal daily activities. The pinky and ring finger are historically the most susceptible to Dupuytren’s contracture.
While the condition develops slowly, often over years, symptoms begin to form with the thickening of the skin that is on the palm of the hand. A firm lump then forms that is typically not painful but sensitive to touch, eventually leading to cords of tissue forming under the palm’s skin and extending up to the fingers. Treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture depends upon the severity of the symptoms, however, stretching and massaging are often the first steps to deterring progression.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
A painful condition that involves the tendons on the wrist’s thumb side, De Quervain’s tendosynovitis causing discomfort during any action of the wrist, from grasping something to making a fist to turning the wrist. While an exact cause is unknown, repetitive motions in the hand and wrist have been documented as worsening the symptoms. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is most commonly marked by swelling and pain around the base of the thumb, issues with moving the thumb and wrist during pinching and grasping activity, and a “sticking” sensation in the thumb in an attempt to move it. Neglecting to treat this issue may result in the spreading of pain to the back of the forearm and the rest of the thumb. Physical therapy is the most common way to treat de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, as various activities and treatments will reduce the stress placed on the wrist in order to ease pain.
Wrist and hand pain are some of the most bothersome types of injuries faced today. Often affecting almost every type of daily activity, treating this type of pain early on is imperative to addressing and relieving discomfort. Campbell Sports Rehab and Spine Center has spent years perfecting our treatment and recovery methods for wrist and hand pain. Helping hundreds of patients to recover and return to normal daily activity, we look forward to working with you to correct your injury. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.