The hand’s range of motion relies extensively on the wrist. Given the joint’s importance, any instance of wrist pain can derail the simplest tasks, especially when exerting pressure when carrying or gripping.
If your wrist hurts, here are some common causes and how to counter the effect:
1. Daily Activities and Handling of Objects
Repetitive hand movements and heavy lifting are common ways to strain your wrist. Activities that require you to extend your arms or put pressure on your wrists are possible causes too, such as racket sports or field athletics.
In these cases, try stretching and taking more breaks. Changing to more suitable equipment can help too. For example, if you are a hairdresser and work extensively with scissors, experts at Scissor Tech NZ say that ergonomic handles help relieve pain and repetitive strain injury (RSI).
2. Improper Exercise Posture and Positioning
Doing workouts with an improper posture can lead to over-extension and strain on specific muscles. Push-ups, for example, focus on the upper body and the abdominal muscles, but improper form places your body weight on your wrists, leading to possible injuries.
When working out, always take note of proper posture and positioning. If needed, consult a trainer or a coach.
3. Nerve Swelling − Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome manifests as a burning sensation or numbness in your palm that extends all the way up to the shoulders. Pressure on the median nerve causes the carpal tunnel to narrow down, usually induced by swelling.
There are many causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, including health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Apart from taking care of your wrists, consider getting a doctor’s appointment if the sensation continues.
While you can easily trace the causes of severe injuries like fractures, the causes of light and nagging wrist pain can be trickier to detect. Sometimes, the causes are activities embedded in your daily routine. As with other parts of the body, you need to take care of your wrists; avoid unnecessary weight and pressure, and take breaks once in a while.