Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Patients with Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Patients suffering from chronic hand & wrist pain have difficulty holding onto things with a firm grip. It could be tough to carry a frying pan or chop some vegetables because your hand doesn't feel good when you're squeezing hard.
Some patients also find it difficult to write neatly with a pen. It could be tough to play a musical instrument or type on a keyboard because using your fingers individually becomes challenging.
Patients with chronic hand & wrist pain generally feel a tingling, electric-like sensation in their palms. Every patient experiences these symptoms differently, so it can be difficult to describe what you're feeling accurately.
Some patients describe their wrist and hand pain as a feeling of "pins & needles" or numbness. Often times these symptoms can travel down to one or several fingers, depending on which nerve is causing the chronic pain.
Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain Causes
Chronic pain is usually caused by prolonged stress on your nerves. Stress can come in many forms, and is typically dependant on your environment, lifestyle and habits.
For chronic hand & wrist pain, here are some common causes:
- High risk professions (electrician, nurse, musician)
- Hand trauma
- Keyboard and mouse overuse
- Caring for newborn baby
- Wear and tear (age related)
Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain Facts
Misconceptions about Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Most people think that chronic hand & wrist pain is caused by broken bones or a fracture. This may be true for acute pain episodes following a fall or other injury, but these seldom last for more than 6 to 12 weeks.
Another mistake people make is to start stretching, pulling or moving their wrists around in the hopes of "freeing up" their joints and muscles. This can potentially lead to bigger problems because of excessive stress onto your wrists and the surrounding tissues (bones, ligament & tendons).
Conditions Associated with Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand repetitive overuse
- Hand arthritis
Solutions for Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Chronic Pain is a Nerve Problem
Traditionally, patients with hand & wrist pain address their chronic pain with quick fix solutions. These include applying heat, ice, stretching, massaging the painful area and pain medication.
However, because chronic pain is different from normal pain, these solutions only address the "tip of the iceberg". Chiropractic on the other hand addresses the "whole of the iceberg", allowing for natural chronic pain relief by addressing the patient's nerves.