Wrist Pain Relief
Nothing will make you realize how much you use your wrists throughout the day quite like feeling the aches and pains within them. Just imagine your typical morning: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work. At this point, you’ve already used your wrists hundreds of times – and you’re just getting your day started!
Whether you’re experiencing pain due to an injury, ailment, or some other underlying condition, it can greatly impact your quality of life. Luckily enough, you can find relief and recovery for your wrist aches and pains by working closely with a licensed Lynnwood occupational therapist. Contact Hands for Living today if you are interested in finding out more about how our hand therapy treatments can help make your wrist pain a thing of the past!
How does wrist pain develop?
An injury may result in short-term pain in your wrist, but any chronic or persistent pain lasting three months or longer may indicate illness or another underlying condition. You may consider your pain level to be between mild and severe, and it may also be intermittent, meaning it comes and goes at different points throughout the day.
Another common symptom that comes along with wrist pain is a numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially in the fingers. This can make it difficult for you to perform physical tasks at your normal levels of function, which in turn can create issues at work or home, depending on the seriousness of your condition.
What wrist pain?
Your wrists are comprised of such a large variety of muscles, tendons, bones, and joints, that it may be difficult to determine exactly where your pain is stemming from. Below are a few of the most common conditions that may be the cause of your pain:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – According to the American Physical Association, carpal tunnel syndrome impacts approximately 5% of all Americans. The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, in addition to the tendons you use to bend your fingers. Unfortunately, it is possible for the carpal tunnel to become constricted, which can result in pain within the nerve that can stretch throughout your entire arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically caused by an injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work, keyboard-heavy work, or driving heavy machinery.
- Arthritis – According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the most common form of disability in the United States. It affects approximately 53 million Americans. There are many different forms of arthritis, but it is typically caused by repetitive motions or an injury that impacts the cartilage within the joints of the wrist.
- Strains/Sprains – Strains and sprains to the wrist can also result in pain.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms caused by the conditions above, or if you have persistent pain in your wrist that won’t seem to go away, contact our Lynnwood occupational therapy office as soon as possible, in order to set up a consultation.
How will I benefit from occupational therapy treatments?
Whatever the cause of your wrist pain may be, occupational therapy can help you. Our advanced treatments at Hands for Living can help restore your range of motion, relieve your pain, and get you back to living your normal life. In many cases, occupational therapy treatments can even help patients eliminate the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgical corrections for nerve-damaging conditions, such as CTS.
Our Lynnwood hand therapists will create a personalized treatment plan unique to the recovery needs of your condition. This may include any combination of specialized treatments, such as manual therapy, IASTM, ultrasound, ice and heat therapies, or targeted stretching exercises.
Don’t let wrist pain reduce your quality of life any longer! If you are looking to find relief for your discomfort, contact our Lynnwood, WA hand therapy office today to schedule an appointment and meet with one of our dedicated team members. Hands for Living will be happy to get you back to living the healthy and physically active life you deserve!