How To Relieve Wrist Pain

How To Relieve Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is probably the best way to be reminded of how dependent you are on using your hands, because when one of your wrists hurts it can affect absolutely everything you do. And if your injury is a repetitive strain injury (see below), it will probably hurt every time you do the things you do most often. Knowing how to relieve wrist pain is essential at these times, so hopefully by reading this blog post you’ll gain some much needed insight into your concern.

The symptoms you might feel include general soreness and "achiness" in your wrist, or the pain could even be sharp and stabbing. Depending on the cause of your pain, you may feel some nerve involvement, e.g. with tingling and numbness, a burning sensation, or any sort of odd feeling that only nerve impingement can create.

What Causes Wrist Pain?

The absolute most common cause of wrist pain is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a repetitive strain injury to the wrist causing pain. Essentially, from using your wrist in the same way repeatedly over days, weeks, months and even years, the ligaments in your wrist become thickened and pressure is put into the nerves that pass through your wrist. Pressure on these nerves can cause pain, numbness, and even weakness in your hand.

Arthritis, either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid, can cause pain in your wrist as well. The former most of us acquire at some point in our lives, whereas the latter is an autoimmune disease.

Other less common causes of wrist pain include De Quervain’s Disease, tendonitis, cysts, or even bursitis. A physiotherapist or chiropractor at Yellow Gazebo will know how to properly diagnose you, and/or send you for the appropriate tests.

How to relieve wrist pain?

The precise cause of your wrist pain may or may not indicate which type of treatment best suits your needs. For example, acupuncture may be helpful whatever the cause. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist may be able to help with most types of wrist pain, and will inform you of when another type of therapy might best suit you. Finally, osteopathy can be especially helpful as it often works very similarly to physiotherapy.

In treatment, there are a variety of methods that your therapist may use, including distraction and even gentle massage. They may suggest certain exercises as well, since some strengthening and stretching in the proper manner can often be immensely helpful when it comes to treating wrist pain.

Until you are able to see someone, or possibly even while undergoing treatment consider using a brace for your wrist. Be sure to ask the person giving you treatment if this is a good idea.

Want to try a free consultation with us to determine the best possible course of treatment? Email us at, or call us at 416-909-2334. If you know which therapy you’d like to try first, go ahead and click on the booking link below. Whatever your wants and needs, we’re here to help!

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