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Five ways to address pain when bending your wrist

Since we rely on our hands for many of the tasks that we have to perform everyday, wrist pain can be inhibiting. It can make seemingly simple tasks uncomfortable, which is why you shouldn’t ignore wrist pain if you experience it. 

Do you feel pain or discomfort when you’re bending your wrist? If so, learn about some possible causes of your wrist pain and five ways to address it.

Possible causes of wrist pain when bending 

There are many different conditions that could be causing you pain when bending the wrist. Some of the most common conditions include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. 
  • Wrist injury.
  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.

Any of these underlying conditions could be responsible for wrist pain or discomfort, so it’s important to see a doctor or a physical therapist to determine the cause. 

Five ways to treat wrist pain

In the meantime, here are five ways to address wrist pain that may provide relief: 

Wrist brace/splint — One solution you can pursue at home is using a wrist brace. This can help reduce the swelling and secure your wrist, which may also ease some of the pain and discomfort.

Hot or cold compress — Another solution you can try at home is using an ice pack or a cold compress. This can be effective in reducing wrist swelling and may also help ease wrist pain. If the wrist feels tight and uncomfortable when bending, a hot compress may also help loosen the wrist or provide some relief. 

Ergonomic improvements — Depending on the cause of your wrist pain, certain tasks you perform throughout the day may contribute to the condition or even worsen your symptoms. For example, if your wrists are in an unnatural position due to typing, consider investing in an ergonomic keyboard. You should also rest your wrists and take breaks from any tasks that require them to be bent a certain way.

Wrist stretches — Your physical therapist can show you the proper stretching techniques that may provide pain relief and improve the range of motion of your wrists. In some cases, stretching may help your wrist pain. If you’re experiencing pain, it’s important not to push your wrists further without the oversight of a professional. While some discomfort is to be expected, depending on the cause of your wrist pain there are certain stretches that can help. 

Strengthening exercises — Your therapist will also be able to show you exercises that help strengthen your wrists which should take some of the stress off of the wrist joint, which may further reduce your uncomfortable symptoms. 

Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is ready to treat your wrist pain 

Whether it pops up at work or at home, wrist pain can put a damper on your daily life. Our team of experts at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is ready to help reduce your wrist pain and discomfort. Our physical therapists are prepared to build you a personalized treatment plan to manage your wrist condition and strengthen it to prevent further pain. 

Contact our team today for more information about wrist treatments or to schedule an initial appointment. 

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