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Wrist and Hand Pain

wrist and hand painThe hand and wrist are made up of an intricate assortment of bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves, making them highly susceptible to injury.  They are also involved in almost every activity of daily living, adding to likelihood of injury. Because of the complex biomechanics of the hand, many injuries are obvious, but some are so subtle that they can be easily missed or ignored, leading to future complications. Therefore it is important that careful diagnosis be made of all hand injuries so that proper rehabilitation can begin as early as possible.  Some common wrist and hand injuries we encounter at Whittlesea physiotherapy include:

  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome – The Median nerve that supplies the hand is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist.
  • DeQuervains Tenosynovitis – an overuse injury of one of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist
  • Wrist Fractures – often the distal Radius (a ‘Colles Fracture’), Ulna and Scaphoid are the most common type of fractures seen.
  • Dislocated finger
  • Wrist sprain – the ligaments and connective tissue of the wrist can be overstretched or torn

Physiotherapy is essential following a wrist or hand injury to ensure your hand returns to its optimal function, allowing you to participate in all of your usual activities without pain, limitation or weakness.  Management for such injuries will include a comprehensive assessment, the development of an individualised treatment plan, and advice and treatment to reduce pain, regain range of movement, function and strength. Your physiotherapist may also recommend investigations such as an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT scan or nerve conduction studies to confirm a hand and wrist pain diagnosis and rule out other more serious presentations.

Injuries to the wrist and hand can interfere with the simplest daily tasks, so if you are experiencing pain or limited function, call our clinic today on 03 9716 2250 so you can make an optimal recovery and prevent further restriction.

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