Dealing With Hand and Wrist Pain

Dealing With Hand and Wrist Pain Blog  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Causes Wrist Pain?

Hand and wrist pain are common ailments that can afflict anybody, but they are especially prevalent among the over 100,000 people in the United States who work desk jobs that require them to use their hands to type, operate a computer mouse, or engage in other repetitive, fine-motor manipulations with their hands. More women report suffering from this kind of pain than men do, partially because women are more genetically prone to these types of degenerative diseases, but also due to issues such as menopausal hormone changes or calcium deficiency.

Hand and Wrist Pain Symptoms

Symptoms can vary, and they depend upon the seriousness of the problem. Common symptoms, in varying degrees, include numbness, tingling, weakness, or swelling. These problems can be minor irritants, or they can be debilitating enough that subjects are unable to use their hands or wrists at all for their usual daily activities. Considering that the human hand is made up of 17 joints, 19 bones, and 19 different muscles that are capable of working together or alone, there is much potential for something to go wrong. The more complex the system, the more things can wear out or break down.

Types of Ailments

Thumb Arthritis – Thumb arthritis is caused by cartilage wearing away from the ends of the bones that comprise the thumb joint. This malady can be caused by repetitive use, or it can simply be the result of aging. The most common symptoms of thumb arthritis are decreased range of motion, pain, swelling, and loss of strength. Easy tasks that require a full grip, such as turning a doorknob, become markedly more difficult with the onset of thumb arthritis.

Carpal Tunnel – Another issue that causes wrist pain is carpal tunnel Syndrome. Victims are usually desk and computer workers or gamers. Those with carpal tunnel complain of numbness and painful tingling in their wrists, hands, and arms, due to a pinched nerve in the wrist. Left untreated, carpal tunnel can also lead to noticeable loss of strength in the hand.

Ganglion Cyst – The wrist is a common site for a ganglion cyst to form. A ganglion cyst is a benign lump that usually forms along the wrists tendons or joints. It is filled with a jelly-like substance and can cause pain if it presses on nearby nerves in the hands or wrists. Also, sometimes the location of the cyst causes problems with range of motion in the area.

Trigger FingerTrigger finger is often caused by repetitive gripping motions, and it causes one finger to get stuck in a bent attitude. This condition develops when the sheath surrounding the finger tendon becomes inflamed, narrowing the space between the sheath and the tendon and thereby restricting movement. It is a very painful and limiting condition.

Wrist Tendinitis – Wrist tendinitis is caused by the inflammation of the wrists tendons, which are the cords that attach muscle to bone. It is considered a repetition injury, often sports related. Tendinitis is painful; motion of the inflamed area often sends shooting pains up the entire forearm. Severe cases can cause a tendon to rupture, leading to more serious problems.

Natural Aids and Remedies

Best practice for any kind of physical injury or ailment is always to seek a doctor’s care first. In addition to what the doctor may prescribe for the above-mentioned problems, however, it may be beneficial to try the following natural supplements:

Linseed Oil – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, linseed oil is believed to reduce inflammation in the joints.

Vitamin B6 – This vitamin helps the body to produce serotonin and dopamine, which are essential in nerve function.

Omega 3 – See linseed oil, above. Omega 3 is believed to reduce inflammation and joint pain.

Cherries – Scientific studies have noted that the anthocyanins found in cherries have a reducing effect on joint inflammation.

130 West 42 Street Suite 1055, New York NY 10036
bg

In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

image

Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

image

Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

contact-form-animation
You can call
or Send message