Hand & Wrist Pain
The hand and wrist are both areas with an extremely intricate network of bones, ligaments, capsules, fascia, tendons and muscles, allowing for multiple axis of movement. It is through this that we can achieve great dexterity and complete such complex and skilled tasks (like throwing/catching/climbing) with pinpoint accuracy. We at Evoker know that an injury to the hand or wrist can restrict us performing the most basic of tasks, things that we take for granted every single day, and present a major inconvenience in day to day life, work and sport.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Acute injuries to the hand or wrist occur predominantly due to a fall on an outstretched hand, or a direct blow to the fingers/thumb and often present with:
- An obvious deformity of the hand or wrist, possibly coupled with lacerations
- Redness, bruising and swelling
- Pain & reduced mobility on wrist, finger & thumb movements
- Localised tenderness to touch over the area of the pathology
- Unusual clicks, clunks or snaps
- Weakness with grip.
COMMON CONDITIONS OF THE HAND AND WRIST
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) tears
- Scapho-lunate ligament sprains
- 1st MCP OA
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trigger finger
- Palmar aponeurosis
- Skiers thumb
TREATMENT OF WRIST & HAND PAIN AT EVOKER
Given the reliance on our hands and wrists to perform and function all day long, if your hand or wrist pain is left untreated, it can – and will, become a long term problem. Your hand and wrist is an extremely delicate area with many bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves all working harmoniously to provide pain free strength and function. Should strain or damage occur to any of these tissues, pain and an inability to use and move your hand will normally follow. A lack of movement will then compound the existing problem, and you will be left with a stiff and sore hand.
Whilst we excel in improving patient outcomes in the above mentioned ‘common conditions’, Physiotherapists at Evoker also have a special interest in assessing and treating those ‘hard to find’ injuries. We have a saying around here: ‘make sure you see the injury before it sees you!’
Some of these ‘more obscure’ conditions include: