Hand and wrist injuries can result from a variety of disorders, including irritation of the tendons, ligament sprains and tears, joint issues such as cartilage tears and arthritis. These disorders can be a result of trauma, overuse and wear and tear, and a variety of other mechanisms. Treatment begins with a thorough history, to help your therapist understand your pain. Your therapist will complete a thorough physical examination and biomechanical evaluation, to determine the reason for your pain. Treatment options are determined by your symptom behavior and evaluation findings. Options available include:
- Modalities: A variety of methods such and heat/ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used to help control your pain and inflammation.
- Manual therapy: This includes joint mobilization/manipulation to improve deficits in mobility, as well as soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release to decrease pain and improve mobility.
- Splinting or Upper Extremity Orthotics: Custom or Prefabricated Orthosis specially designed to control motion and facilitate healing.
- Exercise: Most programs will also include a specifically tailored home exercise routine to help you continue your progress.
- Education: Your therapist will help you to understand your pain, and develop strategies that you can use to control your pain on a daily basis.