With all of that typing and texting every day, wrist pain has become an annoyingly painful fact of life. There are millions of Americans who suffer from chronic wrist pain that can range from tingling to throbbing to sharp and piercing. But these twinges of pain felt in your hand or wrist (or both!) are often misunderstood and poorly treated.
Watch Out for Wrist Pain Misdiagnosis
Wrist pain is often incorrectly interpreted as carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition of the wrist and hand that can affect the use of your entire arm. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that there are over 80% of hand and wrist pain cases misdiagnosed by doctors.
This can be a huge problem – if your condition is misdiagnosed as something else, then the real problem goes untreated. Doctor-misdiagnosed wrist pain is the leading contributor to unnecessary pain and suffering, lost job time or pointless surgery.
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Did you know that wrist pain can sometimes originate in the neck? For wrist pain, it’s common that the cause originates from the shoulders and not the wrist itself. Wrist pain does not automatically mean that the wrist is twisted, injured or that it is carpal tunnel syndrome. The cause could originate from another point in the body, like the shoulder.
By working with a physical therapist to help you move and stretch your shoulders, you can find relief from your wrist pain. Physical therapy is helpful in resolving wrist pain naturally, without surgery or drugs. DHT Physical Therapy’s team is fully equipped to handle all of your needs to get you right back to your daily activities—free of wrist pain. Here are some of the ways physical therapy can effectively treat wrist pain:
- Manual therapy
- Pain management
- Range-of-motion exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Functional training
- Patient education
Stay smart and informed with DHT Physical Therapy to avoid needless pain, or worse, unnecessary surgery.