What causes wrist pain?
Wrist pain can be caused by a fracture, an acute sprain, a chronic repetitive strain injury (RSI) or ganglion cysts.
Chronic repetitive strain injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, can be caused by activities such as typing, or using a screw driver. Hence, proper ergonomics is important. Is your desk posture causing wrist pain?">
What is the chiropractic treatment approach for wrist pain?
- Reduce pain - The goal of treatment initially would be to reduce the pain, or to “break the pain cycle”. As the pain level is reduced, the muscles will relax, reversing the pain cycle. Certain modalities, such as dry-needling and ultrasound therapy may be employed to provide pain relief, reduce inflammation and promote muscle relaxation.
- Restore normal joint mechanics - Depending on the examination findings, your chiropractor will adjust (manipulate) the joints that are misaligned (subluxated). Surrounding soft tissue healing can also be enhanced by Shockwave Therapy.
- Improve flexibility and strength – To prevent future injuries, it is important to improve the flexibility of the joints and improve muscle strength. Your chiropractor will advise you on appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises according to your physical needs and fitness level.
- Lifestyle adjustments – Exercises, ergonomic working posture, etc. play a vital role in the development and otherwise prevention of wrist pain. Your doctor will work with you to identify lifestyle adjustments that will help you maximize the quality of your health.
How effective is chiropractic for wrist pain?
Research has shown that chiropractic care provides significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation ( Davis, 1998). The same study also showed that chiropractic care produced the same benefits as conservative medical care for patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What are the recommended treatments for wrist pain?*
- Manipulation of Joints - for restoration of joint movements
- Interferential Current Therapy - for relaxing muscles and enhance circulation
- Ultrasound Therapy - for reducing inflammation
- Shockwave Therapy - to speed up tissue healing
- Exercise Therapy - to restore normal function and flexibility
Author: Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC
* A proper diagnosis has to be obtained for all of the above conditions before an appropriate combination of treatments will be provided. This is just a list of possible treatments for the individual condition but not all of them may be necessary, nor is it limited to those listed only.