Wrist and Hand Physiotherapy Newcastle
The two most common fractures in the wrist region are the distal radius and the scaphoid. The mechanism of injury is usually a fall on to an outstretched arm.
Ligament Sprains and Joint Dislocations
Injuries may range from dislocations of the carpal bones or fingers to smaller ligament sprains.
Triangular Fibrocartilage tear
The triangular fibrocartilage complex sits on the inside of the wrist and is a formation of fibrocartilage, ligaments and tendons that help to stabilise the wrist. Triangular fibrocartilage tears often present as pain on the inside part of the wrist with activities involving pushing and gripping.
De Quervains Tenosynovitis
De Quervains tenosynovitis is a common cause of pain on the outside of the wrist. It involves the tendons (and sheath) that control the movement of the thumb.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a passage formed by the carpal bones at the front of the wrist which is the passageway of 9 flexor tendons and the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterised by pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand or fingers as a result of compression of the median nerve.
Symptoms vary in severity and are often more noticeable of a night time.
Intersection syndrome is pain often felt in the forearm region caused by friction of the tendons in the forearm.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
The ulnar nerve can become trapped due to abnormalities at the elbow causing numbness of the ring and little fingers. It may occur due to repetitive strain, poor posture, thoracic and cervical spine dysfunction or brachial plexus abnormalities.
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