Chronic wrist pain affects thousands of Americans. Generally, it’s chalked up to carpal tunnel syndrome and is caused by repetitive tasks like sewing and cleaning. Though if you spend the bulk of your time typing, you may also feel wrist pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, it’s “most expensive of work-related injuries” with workers losing an estimated $30,000 medical bills and lost work time.
Plus, it’s painful.
It can also affect your non-work activities. Simple household tasks like cooking or opening jars might become more difficult leaving you to wonder if you can ever be pain-free again.
How Does Chronic Wrist Pain Develop?
Thirteen small bones make up your wrist and there’s a median nerve that runs down your forearm and into your wrist. Along with the bones are tendons, nerves and tissue.
There are a variety of reasons wrist pains like carpal tunnel can develop. Smaller wrist size leads to smaller carpal tunnel which can compress the median nerve. In other cases, it’s due to an injury, poor ergonomics and even diseases like diabetes.
Simple Exercises to Help
Some simple exercises can help alleviate your pain such as circling your wrists first one way and then another. Another exercise is to lift your arms and open and close your fists ten times. You can do these whenever you feel you need a break.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Wrist Pain
However, chiropractic care can also help. A recent study appeared in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxuation Research, December 2014 which says spinal manipulation combined with ice, cold laser and exercises helped at least one participate improve.
A typical chiropractic visit will include spinal and perhaps wrist manipulation. This re-aligns the spine, neck and all the other bones within your body to alleviate pressure so your pain disappears.
Practicing good ergonomics will help prevent wrist pain. You can also wear a splint or a soft brace to keep your wrists straight while working.