Because we spend so much time typing, the hand and wrist are a typical source of pain and dysfunction. The hand has19 bones, while the “wrist bone” is actually a collection of 10 different bones. Some of the carpal bones of the wrist attach to the forearm, while others attach to the hand.
A complex network of ligaments and tendons allows these bones to move, while a combination of cartilage and synovial fluid keep them moving smoothly and without pain. Nerves run through a space between the wrist bones known as the carpal tunnel. The associated tissues around these joints (tendons, ligaments, nerves, fascia, and blood vessels) create a system that can experience damage due to over, or incorrect, use.
Some common causes of wrist pain are:
- Fracture or dislocation- A fracture in the wrist or hand can be very painful and may require emergency treatment. An acute hand injury can also be dislocated fingers.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome- Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve (the nerve which gives commands to the thumb and first three fingers) becomes pinched by the structures around it. This is often related to repetitive motions that strain the wrist’s tendons or ligaments, causing them to swell. If you have naturally small carpal tunnels, you may at a higher risk of developing this syndrome.
- Arthritis- Arthritis creates painful swelling and stiffness in the joints of the hand. In the most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, the cartilage between the bone ends deteriorates, leaving you with crippling pain in your fingers or thumbs. Age or injury can both cause arthritis.
- Trigger finger- Stenosing tenosynovitis, also called trigger finger, can cause one of your fingers to get “stuck” so that you can’t straighten it out. It’s the result of inflammation in the sheaths around a finger tendon.
- De Quervain’s tendinitis- De Quervain’s tendinitis is a specific type of tendon inflammation that occurs toward the base of the thumb. Overuse of the thumb or previous wrist fractures can make you vulnerable to this injury.
By applying chiropractic adjustments to the joints of your wrists and arms, we will restore normal, natural movement to your injured hand and wrist. You will also receive directions on how to properly use your wrists and hands, and how to avoid repetitive injury that causes these pains. The treatment we at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Southern Maine provide is for life – we want you to strengthen your body to prevent pain from returning.
Finding Relief for Hand and Wrist Pain in Maine
If you suffer from hand and/or wrist pain, call Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Scarborough Maine at (207)883-5549 to make an appointments with our chiropractors. We want you to feel and be your best!