Wrist pain can occur as a result of everyday use of your arm. If you work at computers you might find you struggle with wrist problems, simply due to the strain from typing or controlling the mouse.
The wrist and hand together allow you to perform a number of highly-skilled and precise tasks. Injury to either of these can mean being unable to do simple things, like picking up a sock, or turning the pages of a book.
But wrist pain or injury is common and can usually be diagnosed and treated by a physiotherapist.
Some of the common causes of wrist pain are:
The type of injury needs to be diagnosed for the correct treatment to be provided.
For some, a malleable substance called therapeutic putty can be worked in specific exercises to improve muscle control.
There are also therapy balls, which can be used to relieve stiffness in the wrist. Also, hand and grip strength can be worked through resistance training.
For wrist fractures, it is vital that full functionality is restored after treatment. The first step is to place the wrist in to a cast and then arrange regular appointments with the physiotherapist to follow a regime of exercises.
Cold therapy is used to reduce swelling, and a wrist support is worn to reduce the risk of further injury.
Your physiotherapist may use hands-on techniques such as:
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most wrist pain responds quickly to physiotherapy.
If you need to speak to a physiotherapist about your wrist pain or injury, you can book an appointment here.
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.