The wrist is made up of eight small bones called the carpal bones which are held together by ligaments. Because of the amount of use the hand gets and the delicate nature of the wrist, this area can be sensitive to injury or damage through long term repetitive tasks.
Often when there are problems in the hand and wrist, other parts of the body such as the shoulder, neck and back try to compensate. This in turn can lead to further problems in areas away from the root cause of the problem.
Common problems in this area include tendonitis, an inflammation of the tough cords attaching the muscles to the bones. While it can happen in any joint it most frequently occurs in the wrist and fingers. When the tendon is irritated, swelling and pain result.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is another common complaint in which the nerve running from the forearm to the hand is compressed in the wrist causing pain, numbness, tingling and sometimes muscle weakness.
At Wealden Osteopaths & Spine Centre in Kent we are trained to identify what is causing the problem and form a treatment plan with a view to achieving the best possible outcome.