Wrist and Hand

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) of the wrist can be problematic for some office workers.

It is an injury of the musculoskeletal  and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression or sustained or awkward postures of the wrist and hand.

INJURIES

Wrist and hand injuries/pain occur due to either:

  • •    Direct trauma to the ligaments, connective tissue, bones, joint capsules, tendons, muscles or nerves of the      wrist/hand complex
  • •    Overuse of these structures due to longstanding poor alignment or adverse biomechanics or
  • •    Referred pain from either the elbow, shoulder or neck areas.

Common wrist injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury (RSI), de quervains, wrist fractures and tendonitis issues.

SOLUTION

Your corporatephysio will provide you with a swift and accurate diagnosis and design an effective treatment program.

Treatment includes:

Manual therapy Joint mobilisations trigger point therapy, acupressure, and soft tissue release and massage if necessary.
Exercise therapy Following injury and repair, tight structures need to be lengthened, weak tissues strengthened and balance needs to be restored. An exercise program will be designed to specifically meet your needs.
Strapping/Supports Following a sudden injury it is sometimes imperative to support, strap or immobilise the affected area. Physiotherapy strapping techniques are effective in this instance.
Posture/Ergonomics Poor posture and adverse work ergonomics can put unnecessary strain on the structures that surround and support the joints. Advice on good posture and ergonomics is important. Prevention is better than the cure.
Specialist referral Referral to a hand specialist or for further tests if necessary.