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A list of problems associated with the wrist

October 19th, 2022

This article looks at some of the most common wrist injuries incurred and rehabilitation through the use of a wrist support in conjunction with other methods.

Sprained Wrist

This is one of the most common forms of wrist injuries and something we will all encounter at some stage,Guest Posting as a result of landing awkwardly on the joint or picking up something too heavy. A wrist injury has varying grades attributed to it, from one to three depending on the severity of the injury. The sprain itself results from damage to the ligaments within the joint, which are tough bands of tissue connecting the bones and responsible for overall stabilisation.

A grade one injury is minor and you should expect to recover within a few days following rest and the use of ice to help manage any inflammation and pain, whereas a grade three injury may require physiotherapy and even surgery to rectify the problem.

A wrist support can also be worn following a sprained wrist, offering an additional level of support for the joint. There are different wrist support products available depending on the nature of the condition you wish to manage, from a material based support to something rigid and preventing movement of the joint.

For a sprained wrist a standard material based wrist support will suffice, offering the patient compression to help manage inflammation and pain as well as offering a degree of support to enhance mobility. There are some manufacturers offering breathable material which not only conforms to the skin and joint but is designed to be discreet and worn under clothing to allow a person to carry on as normal.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is often referred to as work-related upper limb disorder, a condition describing pain in muscles, nerves and tendons resulting from overuse. The condition is not just limited to the wrist and can affect the forearm, elbow, neck and even shoulders. Patients typically notice swelling and stiffness in affected areas, which can be very uncomfortable and limit mobility.

RSI can be defined by two different types, with the first being something a doctor is able to diagnose based on the symptoms displayed. The second is classed as non-specific pain syndrome where a doctor is unable to determine the root cause of the problem experienced due to the lack of obvious symptoms.

A type one RSI can be the result of conditions such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Bursitis is a common complaint of the knee, elbow and shoulder whereas the other two can impact on the wrist joint.