Are you experiencing wrist pain as a result of a sudden or chronic injury?
There are many different reasons you could be suffering from wrist pain.
Below are a few different symptoms and their related diagnosis that may help you better understand what you’re experiencing.
- Sharp Pain – It feels like someone is stabbing you with a screwdriver right through the wrist. Perhaps it’s felt more while pushing a door open, doing a pushup in the gym or using your arms to assist you while getting out of a chair. What’s most likely going on here is an altered range of motion across the wrist joint itself, causing a pinching of the small carpal bones. This is due to scar tissue within the forearm musculature or ligaments of the wrist.
- Tingling/Numbness – This usually starts at the wrist and runs into the fingers. Most commonly diagnosed by many healthcare professionals as Carpal Tunnel syndrome, it’s also important to rule out any possible nerve entrapments throughout the forearm and shoulder, as well as the possibility of a neck problem.
- Shooting/Radiating Pain – Most likely “referred pain” from another part of the arm or trigger points within the forearm musculature. Keep in mind, trigger points are a compensation of an underlying problem. If you’re solely treating the trigger points, then you’re missing the problem all together and settling for a temporary “bandaid” solution.
- Achiness – It may have better days, but that ache never seems to fully go away. This is most likely due to inflammation within the wrist joints, and most commonly diagnosed as Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition in degenerated joints. That said, unless you seriously overworked only one of your wrists, you should be suffering from pain in both wrists, as well as other joints in your body, for this to be an accurate diagnosis.
Needless to say, your wrist pain can be very complicated. It’s important for you to consult your Orchard Park Chiropractor. Whether there’s scar tissue that needs to be reduced, or just a good pain management plan, Prime Spine Associates can help. Call us today at 716-677-5525.