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What can trigger pain when bending your wrist?

When you first felt pain when bending your wrist, you might not have thought it would affect your day too much. Yet, people who experience such pain soon find out how wrong they are. 

They find that it’s painful to pick up their coffee cups and type their emails. Their pain even makes it harder to drive in many cases. Unfortunately, there are many people who might be living with such problems. One British medical study reports that up to 10% of the general population has hand and wrist pain. Determining the source of the pain you feel when bending your wrist is something a physical therapist can help you with. In addition, these specialists can show you ways to treat your wrist pain effectively. 

Three things that can trigger pain when bending your wrist: 

1.  Weak forearm muscles — Your forearm muscles are heavily involved in wrist movement. Weakness in these muscles can put more strain on your wrists, and this can lead to pain when bending or rotating your wrists. 

Physical therapists often test for forearm muscle weakness when patients have aching wrists. In addition, they can help you find therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen your forearm muscles. 

2.  Carpal tunnel syndrome — This wrist problem occurs when the median nerve in your wrist becomes pinched or irritated. The inflammation that happens as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome can make wrist movements more painful, and people with this condition may find that bending their wrists increases their discomfort. Typically, this is because the bending increases the pressure on the pinched median nerve. 

3.  Wrist fracture — Your wrist is made up of eight small bones, which are called carpal bones. The configuration of these carpal bones allows your wrist to have such a high freedom of movement. However, the high number of bones in the wrist also means people are likely to develop a fracture in this area. One study reports that more than 8% of all hand fractures involve the carpal bones. 

Want to treat pain when moving your wrist? Arrow PTR can help

You don’t have to continue living with pain when bending your wrist. Our experienced physical therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation are keen to help you treat your pain. Our specialists can start by doing a free screening of your wrist to determine the source of your pain. 

Next, we can create a treatment plan that’s unique to your needs and that may use PT techniques like: 

Contact our team today for more information about ways that we can treat your wrist pain or to schedule an initial appointment.

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