Hand And Wrist Pain

Written by Sierra Rein
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If you are experiencing a large amount of hand and wrist pain, it may be a sign of a possible RSI (repetitive strain injury), CTD (cumulative trauma disorder), RMI (repetitive motion injury) or MSD (musculoskeletal disorder). All of these terms refer to the wear and tear of the delicate tendons, nerve tissues, and muscles brought about by repetitive and continuous use of a certain area of the body. These injuries and disorders are very common in the hand and wrist areas due to the fact that there are so many bones and tendons to deal with.

Individuals who enjoy working with their hands, whether it is for a paycheck or for a hobby, often experience hand and wrist pain. Individuals who repeat the same movement over and over--typists, data entry clerks, computer graphics designers, supermarket baggers, assembly line workers--are often the most affected by this kind of pain. Other possible causes of this pain may be arthritis, exacerbation of a previous injury, the development of a ganglion cyst, or a small break or fracture in one of the bones of the area.

The pains associated with this kind of work are usually due to inflammation of the tendons between each bone and can manifest themselves in a number of ways. The most common signs of RSIs are dull and shooting pains. However, other warning signs include general weakness in the muscle areas, numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity, limited blood flow, heaviness and a loss of coordination in the hands. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms--especially if you work in any condition that calls for repetitive motion of the hands, fingers and wrists--contact your doctor to discuss with him or her any possible treatments.

Treating Hand and Wrist Pain

The good news is that most of these aches and pains can be reduced through non-surgical procedures. After a physical check up or x-ray, a therapist should be able to tell you about the right ergonomic changes to make in your life. Most of the time, the advice is to simply adjust the workspace so that it is more ergonomically safe and perform stretching and strength-training exercises on a regular basis. Another popular word of advice is to wear a wrist brace during workday hours and while sleeping. If none of these treatments work, then cortisone shots and surgery may become possibilities, especially in extremely painful cases.

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