Many factors can lead to wrist pain, diagnosing the exact cause can be difficult, but an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper treatment and healing.
Wrist pain is any discomfort in the wrist. Wrist pain may vary, depending on the cause.
Common Wrist Problems
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly prevalent problem in the modern world. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed or pinched. It is located on the palm side of your hand, providing sensation to the following parts of the hand:
- index finger
- middle finger
- part of the ring finger
It also provides the electrical impulse to the muscle leading to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both of your hands. Swelling in the wrist causes compression in carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain is due to excess pressure in your wrist and on the median nerve.
Aside from causing wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to numbness, weakness, and tingling on the side of your hand near the thumb.
An injury to your wrist can also cause pain. Wrist injuries include sprains, broken bones, and tendonitis. Swelling, bruising, or disfigured joints near the wrist may be symptoms of a wrist injury. Some wrist injuries can happen right away due to the trauma of an impact. Others may develop slowly over time.
Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid. Most uric acid is dissolved in the blood and removed from the body through urination. However, in some cases, the body produces too much uric acid. The excess uric acid can be deposited in the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. This pain frequently occurs in the knees, ankles, wrists, and feet.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. The condition can cause swelling and stiffness in the affected body part. Arthritis has many causes, including normal wear and tear, aging, and overworking the hands.
How Can ACC Help Those with Wrist Pain?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain and discomfort caused by wrist problems. Chiropractic care provides patients a safe, non-invasive alternative to manage symptoms and prevent recurring. Our doctors at ACC will perform a consultation, examination, and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as X-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic will elect a suitable type of treatment for your specific conditions.