We use our hands every day to do many things. You likely take your hands and wrists for granted unless you are experiencing pain. In that case, you are hyper aware of how often you utilize your hands and wrists. The purpose of this patient education article is to explain some of the common injuries and conditions that can cause pain in the hand and wrist, and detail how physical therapy can help you regain your strength.
Hand & Wrist Pain
Here are a few of the most common injuries and conditions that can cause wrist pain:
- Sprains & Fractures. Acute accidents like car crashes or simply falling down can lead to sprains and broken bones in the hand and wrist.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. CTS is a narrowing of the carpal tunnel through which nerves pass through to your hand. This condition is typically the result of repetitive stress (ex. typing at a computer all day for a long period of time).
- Arthritis. Various arthritic conditions can cause pain in the joints of the hand.
Some of these injuries and conditions require surgery, while others can be managed with conservative treatment methods like rest, injections, and pain medications. Regardless or the treatment you decide upon, physical therapy is always a good accompaniment.
How Physical Therapy can Help
Whether you’ve just had a surgical procedure on your wrist, or you are recovering from an injury, physical therapy can be instrumental in making a full recovery. Strategic exercises from a skilled rehab specialist will help you regain mobility and reduce your pain.
OrthoRehab Specialists physical therapists have over 25 years of experience helping patients recover from hand and wrist injuries. When you make an appointment with one of our rehab specialists you get direct access to physical therapy and a dedicated team of medical professionals who will work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. If you are recovering from hand or wrist surgery or an injury, contact us today to set up your appointment. We have clinics in Minneapolis and Edina, but serve the entire state of Minnesota.
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