Marsh Physio

  • Physiotherapy treatment for wrist injuries

    Wrist Pain

    The wrist and hand are common sites for injuries in sports activities, especially racquet sports. The wrist joint is very complex. Accurate diagnosis of wrist pain will most often allow a safe and speedy return to sports activity.

    Falls onto a hand or wrist that do not result in fractures may cause an overstretch or tear of the capsule or ligaments around the wrist joint resulting in a sprain. This trauma of capsule/ligaments will result in local swelling and tenderness and pain and loss of range of movement can follow.

    Other wrist injuries can be caused by overuse - Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) are terms that include many different arm, wrist and hand injuries. Many factors acting together lead to RSI including repetition, holding your muscles in the same position for a long time, poor equipment, long work hours and insufficient breaks.

    The common cause of all RSI type conditions is damage to muscles, tendons, nerves through repeated micro-trauma. Whenever muscles are used, tiny tears can occur in muscle tissue. This cyclic nature of RSI means the condition gets progressively worse if sufficient rest is not taken.

    Your physiotherapist will explain your injury and what they can do to help you.