Wrist flexion is part of the normal range of motion for your wrists. It describes the motion of bending your hand downward at the wrist and is the motion we use when writing, turning a doorknob, and styling our hair. In fact, there are many daily activities that require wrist flexion. So when your wrist can no longer use its full range of movements, it can become very difficult to go about your daily routine.
Wrist pain, stiffness and discomfort can come from a number of sources. Old injuries, osteoarthritis and other joint conditions, as well as repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can all contribute to wrist flexion pain. Thankfully, many of these conditions can be treated without the need for surgery. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many of the most common causes of wrist discomfort.
How can physical therapy help my wrist flexion?
Physical therapy is a proven treatment method for many causes of wrist pain and stiffness. A licensed physical therapy specialist can pinpoint the exact cause of your wrist flexion discomfort. They can then offer you solutions that will strengthen your wrist and help you return to your daily routine. Here are four ways that physical therapy can achieve this goal:
- Reducing pain — Feeling pain during wrist flexion can prevent you from moving your wrist and participating in many activities. Your physical therapist can work with you to treat your wrist pain without the need for medication.
- Repairing nerve damage — Many of the causes of wrist pain are due to the nerve endings in our hands and wrists. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by nerves in the wrist that have become compressed due to repetitive stress. Physical therapy helps to restore damaged nerve endings and improve circulation in the hand and wrist.
- Restoring flexibility — Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy are some of the ways that a physical therapist can help to restore flexibility in your wrist. Scar tissue and tight muscles can often prevent you from moving your wrist fully. Manual therapy techniques help to break up scar tissue and loosen muscles, so that your wrist is free to move without stiffness.
- Increasing strength — Increasing your wrist strength helps to treat many common causes of wrist pain. It also helps your wrist from becoming injured in the future. Physical therapy achieves this through using therapeutic exercises and posture training to prevent repetitive strain.
Where can I turn for wrist physical therapy near me?
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers specialized, customized physical therapy programs for patients suffering from hand and wrist pain. Our licensed physical therapy specialists can help you discover the cause of your wrist discomfort and develop a treatment plan to help treat it.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.