by Dr. Kim Selir on 05/15/2017Categories: Good Ideas, Wrist Pain
Mobility & Stress makes the wrist injury prone -- manipulation & mobilization beneficial
The anatomy of the wrist joint is extremely complex, probably the most complex of all the joints in the body. The wrist actually is a collection of many bones and joints. These bones and joints let us let us use our hands in lots of different ways. The wrist must be extremely mobile to give our hands a full range of motion. At the same time, the wrist must provide the strength for heavy gripping.
The wrist itself contains eight small bones called carpal bones. These bones are grouped in two rows across the wrist. The proximal row is where the wrist creases when you bend it. Beginning with the thumb-side of the wrist, the proximal row of carpal bones is made up of the scaphoid, lunate, and triquetrum. The second row of carpal bones, called the distal row, meets the proximal row a little further toward the fingers. The distal row is made up of trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate, and pisiform bones.
One reason that the wrist is so complicated is because every small carpal bone forms a joint with the bone next to it. This means that what we call the wrist joint is actually made up of many small joints.
Chiropractors may help patients experiencing wrist pain.
Initial chiropractic therapy may include applying cool packs to the inflamed area to reduce swelling. Patients who fail to improve with this initial therapy may also receive chiropractic manipulation and mobilization of the wrist. Chiropractors will also often advise patients to perform stretching and strengthening exercises to alleviate wrist pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, majority of patients who see their chiropractors to manage their wrist pain recover completely with low recurrence rate after treatment.
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