Treatment for hand and wrist pain, whether acute or chronic, typically begins with decreasing inflammations and pain. This includes reducing muscular tension in the regions and restoring range of motion of the wrist and fingers. As function of the hand and wrist play a major role in everyday activities and independence, reducing limitations is essential. With resolving painful symptoms, patients are usually able to gradually return to their normal daily routine.
Manual therapy is used to decrease pain and improve the mobility of the joints of the wrist and hand. These techniques are essential in restoring normal ranges of motion and proper joint mechanics. Manual stretching, joint mobilization and soft tissue relaxation are consistently utilized to help patients reduce pain restore their functional movement.
THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE PROGRAMS
Therapeutic exercise and re-training of the activities of daily living are essential components in the rehabilitation of the hand and wrist. Eliminating repetitive, poor motor patterns and promoting pain free joint function greatly reduces the stress on the hands and wrist. Discovering a balance of joint activating activities allows normal function without subsequent soreness.
Similar to “TMJ,” oral-facial pain is a term which typically encompasses and wide variety of symptoms and diagnosis. Most often, patient experience pain with chewing and/or clenching the teeth. This can be caused by either the muscles of mastication or irritation of the trigeminal nerve, a very important cranial nerve in the face.
HAND & WRIST PAIN
Because of the complexity of both the skeletal and nervous systems in the hand and wrist complex, disorders involving these areas may present obstacles. More basic diagnosis, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sprained or fractured fingers, trigger finger and arthritis are commonly treated in outpatient physical therapy. While all physical therapists are thoroughly trained in the rehabilitation of the entire body, disorders of the hand and wrist occasionally require treatment by a specialist. Lynch Physical Therapy insists on patients receiving the best care from the most qualified therapist. If a condition of the hand or wrist is better served by an outside therapist, that referral with undoubtedly be supported.