Next time you write, type, open a bottle, lock your door, or pick up something off the floor, think of how complicated your wrist and hand bones are in order to complete these seemingly simple actions. Now think about how easy it might be to injure your wrist through even basic tasks and physical activity. At Capital Ortho, we treat all manner of wrist and hand injuries, as well as advise you on ways you can prevent them in the future.
The Structure Of Your Wrist
Your wrist is actually made up of eight different bones. Called carpals, the bones that make up your wrist also serve to protect tendons and nerves running through your hands and wrists. These nerves and tendons are further protected by something called the carpal tunnel, which is also covered by a ligament that serves to hold everything in place. Since you use your wrists in virtually every aspect of your normal daily life, it can be prone to wear and tear and serious injury. Even simple tasks that are repetitive in nature, like playing certain sports or spending a lot of time at a keyboard typing, can cause strain and discomfort.
How Can I Prevent Wrist Injuries?
Common causes of wrist pain and fatigue can include sprains or strained muscles, both of which are an injury to the ligaments that connect the bones at the joint. Other common injuries are a result of swollen tendons, also known as tendinitis, or arthritis, which comes as a result of swelling in the joints. One key to avoiding many wrist injuries is through proper stretching before physical activity. Stretching your muscles prior to exercise transforms them, leading to a wider range of motion and gives your joints and body the ability to function as intended. It’s also important to pay attention to your joints and not ignore pain or discomfort. if you begin to feel a strain in your wrist during day-to-day activities or when you’re participating in a physical activity or sport, contact Capital Ortho to schedule an appointment. Some treatments can be as simple as reducing pain and resting, while other injuries may need surgical intervention and physical therapy follow up.