The wrist, as one of the primary joints used in the body on a daily basis, experiences pain quite often. This pain can occur more often when you are partaking in sports, working in manual labor, or even typing on your computer.
When the pain occurs, many people consult their family physicians or, if they have one, their rheumatologist, but another option is to consult a chiropractor.
Chiropractors have a lot to offer when it comes to wrist injuries, helping with pain, faster healing, and preventing further injury.
Before getting into how chiropractors can help with wrist injuries and pain, it is best to remember that the first thing you, your doctor, or your chiropractor has to do is figure out what is causing the pain. The course of treatment in any office will depend on the cause, the extent of the injury, and what will help.
This short entreaty on arriving on specific treatments is for a good reason: the help that chiropractors can provide depends on what is causing the pain. Wrist pain can be caused by nerve injuries and syndromes, problems with the muscles, and bone issues caused both by injury and illnesses.
For nerve problems, particularly “peripheral nerve entrapments,” which are better known as “pinched nerves,” a chiropractor can help remove the pressure that is being placed on the nerve. This pressure is generally placed on the nerve by muscles or bones that are out of place and can be slipped back into place.
Another nerve problem that can be helped with chiropractic treatment is carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Both have to do with nerves (the former being the median nerve and the latter being the ulnar nerve), the problem can be helped by actually finding the origin of the problem. In this case, it starts in the elbow, with the wrist playing a key role not originating it, but enlarging it. By helping treat the nerve all the way down the forearm, chiropractic care can help, largely without medication.
Many of the physical injuries that hurt the wrist can be treated by chiropractors, but their treatment of it does not differ much from what you will get from a physician. The major difference is that for many injuries, doctors will prescribe heavy pain medications, while a chiropractor will suggest only rest and every day, over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil to help heal it.