Hand & Wrist
The wrist and hand are extremely complex and have the ability to move with more precision than any other region in the body. There are 19 bones in the hand alone, 8 in the wrist and 2 in the forearm.
The wrists purpose is to function as a flexible link between the hand and the forearm. Because of it's complexity, the frequency and diversity of the actions it is utilised in, the wrist is particularly prone to overuse, misuse and trauma.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - The carpal tunnel is a channel like structure through the wrist formed from bones
and ligaments. Inflammation in this area can irritate the median nerve which passes through the tunnel. This can be painful, and cause numbness and tingling within the hand.
Tendonitis - Means inflammation of the tendons and is typically a repetitive strain injury. It is a common problem that can cause pain and swelling.
Sprain - Sprains are common injuries to the ligaments around the wrist joint. They are either caused by repetitive misuse or trauma and can cause swelling, pain and limit the use of the wrist and hand.
Strain - Strains are also common in the wrist, occurring when the muscles are stressed beyond their comfortable limits, perhaps by overt trauma or repetitive use.
De Quervian's Tenosynovitis - Inflammation of the layer of tissue surrounding the tendon in the thumb, causing pain with movement.
Trigger Finger - Prevents smooth movement within the fingers causing "locking" or "catching". It occurs when the tissues surrounding the finger tendons become inflamed and thickened.