Wrist & Hand Pain

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With the prevalence of texting, frequent video game usage, even typing on computer keyboard and using a mouse or trackpad, it’s no surprise that people experience pain in their hands and wrists. This pain is usually the result of long-term repetitive motion/stress on the joint, which can lead to arthritis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist and hand pain can make simple everyday tasks, such as a holding a pen or drinking from a cup, increasingly difficult.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Surrounding the wrist joint, the carpal tunnel is comprised of a bundle of connective tissue. The median nerve travels beneath the tunnel, passing from the forearm to the wrist. When the medial nerve is compressed by the tunnel or doesn’t have enough room to pass through, sufferers will typically experience pain, numbness or tingling in the hand and arm, referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome. Conservative treatment options may relieve symptoms by helping to stretch the tunnel and mobilize the nerve.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body tissue. It affects the lining of the joints, leading to joint pain and swelling and eventually bone erosion and deformity. Unfortunately, it may also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, kidneys, salivary glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow and blood vessels. Physical therapy can help ease chronic joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and improve strength and flexibility.

Raynaud’s phenomenon

Raynaud's phenomenon is a rare condition in which extreme temperature changes or emotional events cause discoloration of the fingers or toes. An abnormal spasm of the blood vessels is responsible for the diminished blood supply to the local tissues, causing the change in color. This condition can also cause a numb or stinging sensation in the hands and feet, making everyday tasks more painful.