If you are experiencing mild to severe pain in your wrist associated with stiffness or swelling, arthritis might just be the cause. It is important to contact a physical therapist immediately. Commencing treatment early eliminates the need for pain killers and surgery later on. Physical therapy helps to relieve pain, strengthen the wrist joint, and provides motion and flexibility, so you can get back to your normal activities. Contact us today to get started.
Know Your Wrist
Your wrist is made up of 8 small bones (carpals) that connect to your forearm bones (the radius and ulna) and your thumb and fingers. The carpals are in two rows, with four bones at each row. The upper row of the carpal (metacarpal) connects to your thumb and fingers, while the lower row connects to the forearm bones. An elastic tissue known as cartilage covers the end of the bones. This protects the bones and enables them to move easily without friction.
Symptoms of Wrist Arthritis
These symptoms vary among people from mild to severe. Symptoms may also come and go depending on the activities individuals are involved in. Symptoms include:
For mild to moderate arthritis, physical therapy is effective for managing symptoms. Your physical therapist will create a custom treatment plan for you. The plan is likely to include
These help to reduce pain stiffness, increase joint strength and mobility. Physical therapy eliminates the need for pain killers and surgery.
Get Started on Physical Therapy for Wrist Arthritis Today
As we said earlier, beginning treatment early for arthritis eliminates the need for surgery and harmful painkillers. Even if you are considering having surgery or have had surgery, post-operative rehab is still important. Our therapists at Polygon PT are excited to see how we can help relieve your pain and get you back to performing your normal activities in no distant time. Request an appointment with us today.