Video:Overview of Wrist Painwith Dr. Robert Fenell
There are a lot of causes of and treatments for wrist pain. Here's a brief overview of some of the most common sources of wrist pain and how they're treated.See Transcript
Transcript:Overview of Wrist Pain
Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell, founder of HandAndFootClinicsOfAmerica.com, and I'm here today on behalf of About.com to talk to you about wrist pain.
Wrist Pain Caused by Injuries
Wrist pain can be the result of an acute injury, or from repetitive strain injury, such as using a keyboard or working with tools or doing tedious activities. When a patient develops wrist pain, generally what happens is the small bones in the carpal or wrist area lose their healthy alignment. When this happens, nearby muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments become irritated and inflamed. This can result in wrist pain. Wrist pain can be localized, on a specific part of the wrist, or it can be general and broad around the entire circumference of the wrist.
Wrist Pain Caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis
Another potential source for wrist pain that is not traumatic or related to an injury is from an inflammatory arthritic process known as rheumatoid arthritis. When patients suffer with their wrist pain related to rheumatoid arthritis, it will usually affect both wrists symmetrically, meaning both the right hand or right wrist and left wrist are affected with the same or similar symptoms.
Source of Wrist Pain
Wrist pain is generally the result of a loss of the healthy alignment of the 8 tiny wrist or carpal bones. Right near where the hand bends, relative to the forearm, is where those 8 bones are located. Due to repetitive stress or traumas, these bones can lose their healthy alignment. When that happens, it impacts the nearby ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, causing swelling, pain or inflammation.
Treating Wrist Pain
Now, this problem can be corrected by doing a procedure to the hand, or wrist, where a doctor of chiropractic will gently realign or manipulate one or more of these misaligned bones in the carpal area. This can help to alleviate the wrist pain and other symptoms that are associated with the condition. If your wrist pain is related specifically to your rheumatoid arthritis condition, your doctor may prescribe certain medications to reduce the swelling and inflammation. Of course, the conservative, chiropractic manipulation of the carpal or wrist area can also be very beneficial in helping to alleviate the symptoms, even on a rheumatoid arthritis patient's wrist.
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