What is wrist and hand pain?

Wrist and hand pain is a pain sensation coming from the structures of the wrist, hand or fingers or can be referred pain from the neck, shoulder, or elbow.

How causes wrist and hand pain?

Wrist and hand pain is usually as a result of overuse injury to any of the structures of the wrist joint, hand or forearm due to either direct trauma or as result of repetitive overloading the hand, wrist, and forearm structures (common amongst tradesman and athletes).

Where is wrist and hand pain felt?

Wrist and hand pain is felt on the wrist with the movement of the wrist or hand. Hand pain is usually associated with the tendons and ligaments of the hand and fingers. Pain can also be referred to the wrist and hand from surrounding structures. The pain sensation can range from a dull ache, sharp pain, or stiffness, which is made worse especially with wrist or hand/finger movements.

What should you do?

If you have wrist and hand pain due to direct trauma/accident you should consult your doctor/emergency department immediately to ensure it is nothing more serious. Otherwise, you should consult our therapists who will be able to help you in identifying the cause of your pain and treat the problem.

What should you not do?

If you have wrist and hand pain you should not ignore the problem and continue with activities that will make it worse. Not treating the problem may lead to the pain getting worse and prolonging your recovery.

How much treatment will I need?

If your wrist and hand pain is immediately diagnosed and treated appropriately, recovery will usually take a matter of days to weeks. If your wrist pain is not managed appropriately, it does have a tendency of re-occurring.

Treatment and Management of your wrist and hand pain

Our therapists will help you with the treatment and management of your wrist and hand pain. Our therapists can assist in diagnosing the problem, which may require a referral for further investigations and imaging. With the diagnosis we will be able to determine the severity of the problem and the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plan necessary for the pain to settle and to reduce the chance of the pain re-occurring.

Other conditions related to the elbow that we can also help you with include:

  • Fracture of the distal radius, ulna, wrist bones (scaphoid etc.), and fingers.
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Ganglion formation
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex tear
  • Wrist tendinopathy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar and Median nerve compression at the wrist
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