Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center is now offering an outpatient Occupational Therapy Program. Services include custom splinting for post operative and other more conservative conditions related to elbow, forearm, wrist and hand impairments. There is now a Certified Hand Therapist on staff with 25 years experience to assist with rehabilitation related to orthopedic and neurological conditions.
After your initial physical therapy visit you will be provided with some tips on what to do outside of the clinic to reduce your wrist pain. These tips would include: what to avoid, instructions for braces or icing, and a list of your exercises to perform at home as part of your home exercise program (HEP).
Wrist pain is the first indicator of a sprain or strain. Following a wrist sprain or strain your Dr. may refer you to physical therapy. Along with pain, you may notice loss of grip strength. At your initial therapy visit, a PT will assess your injury and determine the appropriate treatment plan according to your injury.
Do you have wrist pain? Do you have a wrist sprain or strain? Wrist sprain occurs when one or several of the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their limits or torn. Ligaments are the soft tissues that bind the many bones of the wrist and provide stability and support and make up the joint capsules.
Hand pain can be more limiting than we realize until we have “hand pain”. Treating hand pain at home, you will be given a home exercise program (HEP) after your first or second visit at physical therapy. The HEP is designed to make you an active part of your recovery after your injury/diagnosis/surgery.
An injury to the hand is a big deal to all of us, particularly if it happens to be your dominant hand. We do not realize how much we use our hands until we have hand pain. Knowing the cause of your hand pain will help your Physical Therapist develop a plan of care in clinic for your specific diagnosis,
Ben Woodruff’s hand pain came when he was taking a Jiu Jitsu class and fractured a finger grappling his opponent. Grappling, as in wrestling, is a sport that consists of gripping or seizing the opponent. Ben remembers trying to brace himself and accidentally put all his weight on his left ring finger which fractured it.
Hand pain can be caused by disease or injury affecting any of the structures in the hand, including the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, blood vessels, or connective tissues. Persistent pain may result in you deciding to see a board certified hand surgeon for further advice.
Common causes of hand pain:
- Arthritis in the hand/fingers
Even when Megan Bledsoe did not know what she had done to cause wrist pain on her right hand, she knew it was time to get it looked at. Megan attends cosmetology school where she uses her hands and wrists repetitively. Even with minimal pressure put on her wrist, it was extremely painful.