Wrist Pain in Madison, OH
Wrist pain may be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and other abnormalities and injuries to the soft tissues and joints of the wrists. By using special techniques to decrease wrist pain and help with healing, the chiropractors at French Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Madison help residents in Painesville, Mentor and surrounding towns in Ohio eliminate their wrist pain.
What is Wrist Pain?
Wrist pain can be caused by a wide variety of medical conditions and is one of the most common complaints that we get in our office. Some patients will find themselves struggling with wrist pain due to repetitive motions, chronic injuries, ongoing stress on the bones, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.
An accurate diagnosis is difficult in some cases, but without correctly identifying the problem your treatment will be ineffective at best. In addition to this, the wrist is one of the most complex joints in the body with dozens of individual bones, tendons, muscle bundles, and other soft tissue. Your wrist discomfort can also range from a dull throb and limited mobility to searing pain and the complete inability to use your hand. Even issues stemming from the spine, shoulders, neck, elbows, forearms, and biceps could result in wrist pain.
The friendly staff here at French Chiropractic & Wellness Center believes that it is our responsible to offer patients a variety of treatment options that are non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug free. Whatever the reason for your wrist pain, our goal is to see you treated quickly and effectively.
Types of Wrist Pain & Symptoms of Wrist Problems
The pain, discomfort, and other sensations caused by a wrist injury can extend from the fingertips all the way up through your shoulder. Some of the most common side effects of a wrist injury are
- Hot or cold sensations
- Difficulty moving the wrist
Causes of Wrist Pain
Human wrists are used every single day, and this means that there are almost a countless number of conditions that could cause pain. Some of our patients experience discomfort simply due to average wear-and-tear or age-related damage while others may be dealing with a degenerative disease or pain from past trauma. Every patient that is struggling with wrist pain should remember that an accurate diagnosis and immediate treatment are vital.
When these injuries go untreated for years on end, patients could be causing the bones and soft tissue irreversible damage. Those that delay their treatment could also harm their range of motion, experience reduced dexterity, or require more extensive surgical options for treatment. An early and accurate diagnosis is your best option for complete recovery.
Common Causes of Wrist Pain We See in Our Office
The types of wrist pain causes that we treat at French Chiropractic & Wellness Center is varied, but there are a few issues that we tend to see more often than others. Many of these common problems can be successfully remedied with minimally-invasive treatments such as adjusting the bones, ice, rest, physiotherapy, and massage. At this point, we can discuss options about long-term rehabilitative care depending on your goals. Here is a look at the most common causes of wrist pain:
- Peripheral Nerve Entrapments: This condition is also known as a pinched nerve. Patients will generally experience this when the nerve running through the elbow and wrist become pinched or entrapped by surrounding muscle, tendon, cartilage, or bones.
- Pronator Syndrome: The primary difference between pronator syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is where the median nerve becomes entrapped. With pronator syndrome, the median nerve is entrapped or impinged around the elbow joint instead of the wrist. Even when the median is pinched higher up, however, the pain is often felt lower down in the arm near the wrist. This condition is often the result of repetitive and damaging movements such as gripping tools in an odd fashion or keeping the wrist turned for a long period of time.
- Tendonitis: Tendonitis can take place in any joint on the body and is characterized by a stabbing or sharp pain that is the result of an inflamed tendon.
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Much like pronator syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome comes from a nerve that is pinched higher up in the arm but felt near the wrist and hand. Instead of the median nerve, this condition is the result of a pinched ulnar nerve. The most common side effect of cubital tunnel syndrome is swelling, tingling, or numbness in the pinky or ring finger of the affected hand.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinching of the median nerve in the wrist that causes a tingling sensation in the thumb and the next two and one-half fingers.
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome: Before reaching the wrist, the radial nerve runs through the bone of the elbow in an area known as the radial tunnel. When the radial nerve becomes compressed, it can lead to radial tunnel syndrome which has the same symptoms as tennis elbow.
- Tunnel of Guyon Compression: Tunnel of Guyon compression is a condition that is most often found in bikers and cyclists. This takes place when the ulnar nerve is compressed near the tunnel of Guyon inside of the wrist.
- Arthritis: Wrist pain may be the result of either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Wrist Pain Caused By Injury
The two most common injuries that result in wrist pain includes repetitive (chronic) movement injuries and acute injuries.
- Acute Injuries: A sudden impact such as falling off of a bicycle or slipping and landing on the wrist can result in strains, sprains, and fractures.
- Repetitive Injuries: Repetitive stress injuries commonly occur in those that carry out the same motion for work such as typing or using a specific tool.
- Sprains and Strains: Sprains are one of the most common types of acute injuries and can typically be treated at home with ice and rest. If you believe that you have sprained your wrist, then you should seek out a medical professional to ensure that it is a sprain and not something more serious.
- Dorsal Impaction Syndrome: This condition is generally diagnosed in those that carry out repetitive weight-bearing activities such as gymnasts and weightlifters.
- Fractures: If a doctor does diagnose your pain as a wrist fracture, they will refer you to on orthopedic surgeon for treatment.
- Anterior Interosseous Syndrome: If the soft tissue around the wrist is severely damaged, then it could result in anterior interosseous syndrome which causes partial paralysis of the arm.
Chiropractic Care for Wrist Pain
When a patient comes to our practice due to wrist pain for the first time, their visit will involve a meeting with our chiropractic physician to discuss their symptoms, explore their health history, and then carry out a physical exam. If our physician believes that the tissue or bones are damaged, we may suggest a bone scan, x-ray, or MRI. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, we can then help treat the symptoms of wrist pain, as well as the root causes. Basic chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and may include joint adjusting, immobilization, massage, and alternating heat and cold.
Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of wrist pain, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment.