The anatomy of the wrist joint is extremely complex. The wrist is actually a collection of many bones and joints. These bones and joints let us use our hands in lots of different ways. The wrist must be extremely mobile to give our hands a full range of motion. At the same time, the wrist must provide the strength for heavy gripping. Pain in the wrist can be as restricting as not being able to pull up the duvet cover or barely being able to lift a coffee cup.
Wrist and hand pain can have many causes, many of them subtle. The wrists and hands are innervated by nerves that come out of the neck. Therefore it is very common to have symptoms in the wrists or hands that stem from the neck, with or without the presence of neck pain. Dysfunction can also occur at the site of pain as there are multiple tendons that run over the wrist joint. A significant change in these tendons being used, for example with excessive smartphone use, gaming or repetitive actions at work, can lead to pain in the wrist.
Thorough assessment and diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Many people seek osteopathic treatment to address wrist pain quickly as osteopaths are skilled at helping prevent wrist pain from becoming a chronic, long-term condition.