Chiropractors can help patients experiencing wrist pains associated with the following conditions:
Sprains and strains.
Inflammation of the tendons.
Nerve entrapment's, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis – the pain associated with the repetitive movement of the thumb.
Trigger finger – the reduced ability of the finger to assume a fully stretched position caused by the increased friction of the tendon as it slides through its guiding sleeve.
Initial chiropractic therapy may include:
Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling due to inflammation.
Resting the affected hand and wrist.
Avoiding activities that may further worsen the symptoms.
Immobilizing the wrist using a splint to avoid damage due to repeated bending and twisting.
Some patients who fail to improve with the initial therapy may also receive chiropractic manipulation and mobilization of the hands and wrist. Others may benefit from soft tissue mobilization techniques. Chiropractors may also advise them to do stretching, strengthening exercises, and even yoga to alleviate their wrist pain. Those who fail to respond to these conservative chiropractic care techniques may need to see a surgeon to improve their wrist condition.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, the majority of patients who see a chiropractor to manage their hand and wrist pain recover completely with low recurrence rate after treatment.
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Hand and Wrist Pain
Many people who repetitively use their hand and wrist experience hand and wrist pain. In fact, most manual workers self-report hand and wrist complaints. As well as, athletes performing wrist-loading sports, such as tennis, gymnastics, rowing, volleyball, hockey, and judo, may develop wrist pain too.
Pain in the hand and wrist area may be a sign of degenerative and inflammatory processes involving the tendons and the sheath that covers them. In athletes, it may be a long-term symptom of overuse injury.