Dr Bret Wilson

Get a Grip on Wrist Pain

Get A Grip on Wrist Pain

Dr Bret WilsonOur modern lifestyle is hard on the wrist and hands.  As our lives become more sedentary, our hands work harder as our feet work less.  Work, home and leisure activities include gripping, repetitive motion, finger and wrist flexion, prolonged positions with the hand closed in a fist.  Gripping a steering wheel, computer activities, texting, use of tools all create wrist stress.  Over time and repetition, these activities can result in weakness of the hand, numbness or tingling in the hand and fingers, grip weakness, pain of the hand wrist and arm.

The reason is often a condition involving compression of the median nerve in the wrist known as carpal tunnel syndrome.  The wrist is a joint consisting of two long bones the radius and ulna, and two rows of small pebble like bones called carpals and a band ligament that holds the joint together.  The stresses described above cause a derangement of this joint, swelling and inflammation, leading to altered motion of the wrist and pressure on the median nerve.

The other remote source of the symptoms is the in the lower neck. The nerve roots cervical five through thoracic one, make up the brachial plexus, the source of the median nerve.  This area of the neck was involved in 90% of 1,000 confirmed carpal tunnel syndrome cases, according to a study published by the Journal of Hand Surgery.  This condition is also known as “double crush”, because there is nerve pressure at the neck and the wrist resulting in numbness, weakness and pain.

A doctor of chiropractic is uniquely trained to determine the cause of your hand and wrist pain.  Evaluation of the neck, wrist and related joint and nerve function leads to diagnosis and treatment.  Gentle, specific adjustments to the spine and wrist relieve nerve irritation restoring normal motion and function to the hand.  Exercise to rehabilitate abnormal motion patterns.  Instruction for the patient in proper posture and ergonomics to reduce stress.  No drugs or surgery.  Little or no down time.

Get a grip on your wrist pain.  Consult your chiropractic physician.  Keep your spine and wrist properly aligned to eliminate pain and reduce the risk of nerve damage.

Dr. Bret