The wrist is the region in between the end of your arm and your hand. The anatomy of the wrist is complex and it is made up of 8 bones and has movement in several directions.
The wrist is often injured during sports and when somebody falls on an outstretched arm, can be subject to wear and tear (osteoarthritis), or can be painful due to nerve problems (De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).
Common sports which cause a wrist fracture from FOOSH (falling on an outstretched hand) include: rollerblading, snowboarding, and falling off a bike.
What wrist conditions do we treat?
Our physiotherapists frequently treat wrist injuries.
Common wrist conditions we treat include:
What treatment options are available for wrist conditions?
Accurate diagnosis of your wrist condition is important in order to get the best treatment and for you to make the quickest and safest recovery.
Following assessment by your physiotherapist they will be able to diagnose your wrist condition and provide you with an individual treatment plan based around your lifestyle and goals. Treatment varies depending on the individual.
Common treatment options include:
- Heat/ice therapy
- Education and advice
- Soft tissue massage
- Splinting or taping
- Range of movement exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Joint mobilisation
- Advice about rest from aggravating factors
- Graded return to functional/sporting activities
A scan may be required to assess the degree of injury. If you suspect you have fractured your wrist it is essential you seek medical advice urgently to prevent further damage.
What is the benefit of physiotherapy for a wrist condition?
Depending on what your problem is, the goals and outcomes of physiotherapy will be different. There are several benefits of physiotherapy for wrist conditions and the different conditions treated vary greatly.
Physiotherapy for wrist conditions can:
- Reduce pain
- Increase range of movement
- Reduce scarring
- Increase strength
- Prevent re-injury
- Reduce swelling
Why choose Farrell Physiotherapy?
We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.
If you would like to book an assessment or to enquire about lumbar spine or pelvis problems and physiotherapy treatment please call 01245 615 051 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.