Wrist and hand pain or symptoms can occur in ANY of the structures outlined below. These include posture/mechanics (joints not moving properly), wear and tear, compression, sprain (ligaments), strain/tightening (muscles) inflammation of the blood vessels/nerves, fractures (bone) or from another cause.
Structures of the wrist and hand
The wrist has 2 bones from the arm (ulna and radius) which articulate with the carpal bones of the hand. There are 27 bones in the hand in total. Holding all these bones together are ligaments. The joints are moved and further stabilised by the muscles of the forearm. The other structures involved in the wrist/hand are bursae, blood vessels (veins and arteries) and nerves (C5-C8)
A diagnosis, therefore can be difficult without the appropriate training. Each practitioner at Future Proof Care is trained to perform a thorough history and examination to gain the correct diagnosis of wrist and hand pain.
Wrist and hand conditions we have diagnosed and/or support
Patients have presented to our practice with wrist and hand pain from a range of causes. Theseinclude trauma or impact, mal-alignment, instability, poor footwear or sometimes pain of unknown reason. We have diagnosed and/or supported patients with the following conditions:
- Raynaud’s disease
- Carpal Tunnel
- Trigger finger
- Depuytren’s contracture
- Osteo Arthritis
- Mechanical dysfunction
- Finger/wrist sprain
- Skier’s finger/Gamekeeper’s thumb
We refer patients for imaging or further testing to confirm the diagnosis if necessary. Patients thereafter, when appropriate, supported with treatment and educated on how to manage and rehabilitate their presentation.
Patients may describe their wrist/hand pain or symptoms as one of the following. Each description points towards a certain diagnosis. If you use any of these terms, book an appointment with one of our Practitioners at Future Proof Care, Kings Hill, West Malling.
- “Unable to put weight on the wrist”
- “Burning sensation”
- “cant straighten fingers”
- Painful to touch
- Lose of grip – “cant lift kettle”
- Stiff or slow on movement
- Pins and needles “tingly”
- Sharp shooting pain into fingers
- Hot/cold sensation
- “sounds rubbery on movement”
History and Examination
When a patient comes to the Practice, they will be asked questions regarding their presentation. We will then examine the wrist or hand, elbow, shoulder, neck, and other systems. Many mechanical, orthopaedic, neurological and muscle tests will be carried out to arrive at a diagnosis with clinical clarity.
Not all Chiropractors, Osteopaths or Physiotherapists treat the wrist or hand both directly AND indirectly. They may focus more on the spine in isolation or the area of discomfort in isolation. At Future Proof Care, we treat the body as a whole, thereby getting better results quicker.
We first establish what your pain is, why you have it, what can be done about it and how to get your back to function as quickly as possible. We are honest and act with integrity, keeping you, your goals and needs at the focus of our care
Don’t let your wrist or hand pain stop you from moving forward. Our practitioners go beyond their training in Chiropractic, Osteopathy. We continually attend seminars and stay up to date with the latest research, sports injury and techniques, so our patients can get the best service.