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A Right Pain In The Wrist…
The wrist is a very complex joint, made up of eight small bones and an intricate connection of ligaments. The wrist is hugely important in providing stability to allow us to use our hands. Wrist pain is very common, and can be caused by a variety of things. You may have hurt it a long time ago from a fall off a bike, getting knocked playing footy, from a fall or it may have occurred slowly over time with no prior injury at all.
Even if you have had pain for a long time, there are still things that can be done to help. Firstly, it’s important to get a thorough assessment to find the underlying cause. Common reasons for wrist pain include strained muscles, arthritis, overuse injuries, deQuervain Tenosynovitis or carpel tunnel syndrome.
Hand therapy can provide you with multiple treatment options, which will be individualised depending on your symptoms and underlying cause. You may be provided with exercises to help range of motion or increase strength and stability. Splints or braces are often helpful to provide rest and support, especially when completing daily activities, and can help alleviate pain. Taping, pain management strategies and modifying your activities are often important in treating painful wrists. So if you have wrist pain, it’s worth contacting your nearest hand therapist to talk with them about how they can help.
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