Hand & Wrist Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy for Hand and Wrist Injuries
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Dupuytren’s Contracture forms slowly as balls of tissue under the skin of the palm of the hand pull the fingers into an increasingly deformed position. Typically, the pinky finger and ring finger are most affected on only one hand The cause of this condition is unknown, but older Caucasian men are most likely to develop it. As the affected fingers are pulled into the wrong positions, it can be difficult to hold things or move the fingers. The palm may also appear lumpy. Treatment is performed to help improve range of motion in the fingers, and physical therapy may help. Needling, injections and surgery can also break up the lumps on the palm.
Injuries to the hands can take many forms because there are numerous bones and joints in this area. Most often, soft tissue injuries, dislocations and fractures can significantly impact daily life. Symptoms depend on the injury but could include pain with movement, bruising, numbness, swelling, tenderness and weakness. Physical therapy can often be used to improve comfort and decrease inflammation. A variety of methods will be used to mobilize the affected hand joints, improve range of motion and strengthen the hand.
Arthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints that occurs when the protective cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones. It can affect the thumb joint, also called the carpometacarpal joint, and cause pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of strength and movement. While aging is usually the main culprit for this condition, certain injuries can worsen the damage. Physical therapy is often a good treatment for improving range of motion and increasing strength in the joint. The therapist will also teach home exercises and thumb stretches. Splints as well as the application of heat or cold may also be used.
Wrist injuries involve the many bones known as the carpals as well as the blood vessels and nerves that run through the bones. When the wrist is injured, a strain or a sprain is the most frequent diagnosis. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, bruising, limited mobility, decreased strength and muscle spasms. Immobilization in a wrist splint along with application of cold is a typical initial treatment. Follow-up treatments may include anti-inflammatory medications as well as physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the join with flexion and extension exercises.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome comes on gradually over the continued use of the hands and wrists or from direct pressure to the nerve involved. It is a condition that causes serious limitations to these areas. If you are experiencing hand-cramping, tingling, or numbness throughout your hands and wrist, physical therapy is a proven way to reduce pain and restore function.
Hand and Wrist Injuries in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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