Chiropractic and Wrist Pain

We use our hands and wrists for basically everything we do. You likely don’t think about it until it occurs, but wrist pain can have a drastic impact on our ability to perform even the most basic daily tasks. If the wrist pain goes untreated, it can cause long-term injury which generally will not heal on its own.

How Can a Chiropractor Treat Wrist Pain?

The stress of any injury increases when you lose function. Suddenly, it becomes hard to do basic tasks like making a meal for yourself, which can become extremely frustrating and stressful. You need to get your life back to normal ASAP, and chiropractic care can help with that.

At your consultation, our Saint Peters Missouri chiropractors will talk to you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination of the wrist. During treatment, the doctor will carefully examine your wrist and hand to locate any damaged tissue and and evaluate for abnormal muscle and ligament mechanics.

Two common treatments we use to heal wrists, restore strength, and relieve pain are:

Wrist Realignment 

All aspects of chiropractic techniques are centered around readjusting the joints. By manipulating the wrist bones to put them back where they belong, the healing process begins. If a bone in your wrist is out of place, inflammation can build and create a lot of pressure that can promptly spread to the hands and arms. The swelling also heavily restricts upper body movement. When a chiropractor realigns your bones, it acts as a catalyst for healing. As the bones realign, inflammation in the soft tissue of your wrist is dramatically lowered. As the tension releases in your wrist, you can get back to feeling like yourself again.

Wrist Stretching

In addition to manipulating the bones, the chiropractor may also use stretching techniques to help release tension in the wrist with the goal of reducing pain and tightness in inflamed ligaments. Some examples of wrist stretching include wrist rotation, hand clenching, wrist flexing, and finger flexing. The best part about these techniques is that they improve your health and make you stronger by restoring muscle flow. Chiropractic care heals damaged soft tissue, so inflammation decreases, and you can start feeling better. With improved function in your hand and wrist, swelling in your ligaments is eliminated. As a result, your range of motion doesn’t just get back to normal– your function normalizes and you get better. Another benefit is that strengthening of your wrists decreases the likelihood of injury in the future.

Chiropractic Adjustments and Wrist Pain

Chiropractic adjustments of the wrists and hands can restore function and relieve pain. As a result, other areas of your body can be relieved of or protected from painful conditions that arise due to wrist pain. When you start to do tasks to minimize your wrist pain you use your arms and shoulders differently and that can cause tightness/tension or pain in the shoulders or arms too.

Wrist pain can leave some pretty drastic, permanent effects if it is not treated right away. If you ignore your wrist pain, you may even experience permanent loss of movement in your wrist and/or hand. Wrist pain is pain that you can’t afford to ignore. Instead of the temporary relief that comes with using over the counter medication, chiropractic care offers treatment that will get you back to feeling yourself again while also restoring your function, and strength while reducing your pain. Remember, with long term issues, your wrist simply isn’t going to heal on its own. The bones may need to be realigned and muscles, ligaments and tendons need to have normal function restored – all good reasons why wrist pain needs to be treated with chiropractic.

Our team of experienced Saint Peters, MO chiropractors uses a unique blend of the best chiropractic, acupuncture, laser, massage, wellness, and nutrition-related services to offer various solutions to enhance your health.

If you’re experiencing wrist pain and want to learn more about how our chiropractors can work with you to treat it, contact us today.