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Physical Therapist examining patients wrist
Physical Therapist manual therapy on wrist
Manual Therapy on patient's wrist.


What is Wrist Pain?


Nothing makes you realize how much you use your elbows, wrists, and hands throughout the day like suffering pain in these body parts. By the time you shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, cook breakfast, and drive to work, you’ve already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times. Elbow, wrist, or hand pain can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Whether the pain is caused by an injury, illness or other condition, one thing that can definitely help to relieve the pain and aid you in recovery is working with a licensed physical therapist. 


Dr. Ried explaining Wrist Pain











How Physical Therapy Can Help Wrist Pain

The good news is that no matter what the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain is, physical therapy can likely help to restore your range of motion, relieve the pain, and get you back to your regular life. In fact, physical therapy can often help people avoid the need for surgery for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Your physical therapist will work to create an individualized course of therapy to treat your elbow, wrist, or hand pain. This can include a wide range of treatments, such as manual therapy, heat and ice treatments, ultrasound, and specific stretching exercises.

Causes of Wrist Pain

There are so many bones, tendons, muscles, and joints from the elbow to the hands that pain can come from a wide variety of causes. In some conditions, the cause is obvious – if you have “tennis elbow,” for example, you can probably guess how you obtained that injury! For other conditions, the cause might not be so obvious. Here are some of the more common types of elbow, wrist, and hand conditions that can cause pain:


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): According to the American Physical Therapy Association, CTS impacts about 5 percent of all Americans. The carpal tunnel protects the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, as well as the tendons used to bend the fingers. When this tunnel becomes constricted, it causes pain in the nerve that can impact your entire arm. It can be caused by injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work or driving heavy machinery.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This is the second-most common form of nerve damage that leads to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It’s caused by repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve inside the elbow, otherwise known as your “funny bone.” Pressure on the cubital tunnel in the elbow puts pressure on that nerve, leading to intense pain, tingling and numbness.

  • Arthritis: Arthritis impacts approximately 53 million Americans and is the most common form of disability in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis can be caused by repetitive motion or an injury that impacts the cartilage in the joints of the elbow, wrist, or hand.

  • Elbow Bursitis: This condition is also known as “student’s elbow,” although “tennis elbow” and “golfer’s elbow” are sometimes used to describe it. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac at the end of the elbow that cushions the elbow bone (the ulna). When that sac is compressed due to injury or repetitive motion (such as swinging a tennis racket), it can lead to pain and swelling.

Sprains or strains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can also lead to sharp pain. These are the most common types of sports injuries.

Wrist Pain

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Perhaps you have some questions and you think it would be better to speak to someone at Ried Physical Therapy first so you can be 100% sure that we can help you.
A Doctor of Physical Therapy will perform a thorough history and examination of your injuries in order to see if Ried Physical Therapy would benefit you.