Painful hands: an everyday problem
PAIN IN THE WRIST JOINT AND HAND REGION
The wrist joint is one of the most complex and mobile joints in the human body, and is therefore susceptible to various injuries and conditions. Given the frequency with which the wrist joint is utilized daily, it represents a very important element in for normal functioning. The chief consequences of wrist joint and hand injury can directly affect quality of life. That is why it is extremely important to consult medical professionals if you experience problems in this region.
Depending on the stage hand pain can be in:
- The acute phase
- The subacute phase
- The chronic phase
Wrist pain and hand pain can occur as a consequence of:
- Injuries to muscles, tendons or ligaments
- Injuries to the joint capsule
- Injuries to the bone tissue
Most common injuries of the wrist joint
- Wrist joint distortion
- Wrist joint fracture
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist joint pain)
- Tendonitis of the wrist extensor tendons
- de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Osteoarthritis of the first carpometacarpal joint
- “Trigger finger”
- Wrist flexor tendonitis
- Dupuytren’s contracture
Diagnostic procedure for wrist pain
Evaluation (assessment) of the condition
An individual examination performed by a doctor and chartered physiotherapist aimed at determining the cause of the affliction. By applying specialised diagnostic procedures along with anthropometric measurements (range of motion, extremities reach, MMT), we can determine the cause of pain. The goal of the assessment is to reach a medical and physiotherapy diagnosis.
Physiotherapy diagnosis is a thorough report made by a specialist of physiotherapy with a detailed description determined through a previous evaluation.
An individual treatment and rehabilitation plan is created after formulating a diagnosis, depending on the type and degree of injury. The application of machine techniques alongside manual techniques ensures a full scope of rehabilitation aimed at maximising the effect of treatment.
Treatment plan for wrist joint rehabilitation
Any injury or painful condition is treated individually. Treatment plans can depend on the time and cause of the condition.
In the acute stage with pain and swelling, a wide spectrum of machine techniques is applied, like High intensity laser treatment (HILT), interference current, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and Tecar machines.. Specially designed pain relievment therapy through these machines has proven itself effective in alleviating pain in acute stages of the wrist joint.