Wrist & Hand Pain

hand painThe wrist and hand contain many small bones, even more ligaments that hold them in place and also tendons that attach the hand muscles to bone, allowing for movement. When they are damaged it can  lead to a range of different problems.

Tendinitis is inflammation of the tough cords attaching the muscles to the bones. While it can happen in any joint it most frequently occurs in the wrist and fingers. When the tendon is irritated, swelling and pain result.

Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the lining of the sheaths which hold the tendons, this is the most frequent tendon problem but can be combined with tendonitis making the problem worse. It is generally caused by overuse, injury, strain or excessive exercise. The thumb is the area affected most often.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a relatively common complaint where the nerve running from the forearm to the hand is compressed in the wrist causing pain, numbness, tingling and sometimes muscle weakness.  If you have any of these symptoms it is advisable to get an early diagnosis as manual therapy and exercise may significantly help.

A fall onto the wrist or hand can cause one or more bones to go ‘out of joint’. Symptoms may include stiffness and local tenderness.

Some people are more prone to these problems because of the nature of their work or interests. Office workers and people using keyboards for long periods of the day, musicians including guitarists who use their fingers to play their instrument.

Your osteopath is trained to identify what is causing the problem and form a treatment plan with a view to achieving the best possible outcome.