Sprained wrist - repetitive strain injury - carpal tunnel
The wrist is made up of the two bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and eight carpal bones. Many ligaments connect these bones to each other.
A sprain is an injury to the wrist ligaments without any evidence of bone injury (that is, no broken bones or cracks in the bone). With a sprain, there is usually only a partial tearing of the ligaments. In a severe wrist sprain, there can be a complete tear.
A strain is where there is a tearing of the muscle fibres in the area surrounding the wrist.
A fractured or broken wrist means there is a break or a crack in one or more of the bones of the wrist. A severe fracture also causes damage to surrounding soft tissue, bruising, swelling and inflammation.
Repetitive use may result in an inflammation of the tendons (tendonitis). This is termed a repetitive motion injury and is not a true sprain.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common wrist injury that may occur from repetitive motion. It is a painful disorder of the hand caused by pressure on nerves that run through the wrist. Anything that aggravates and inflames the tendons can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, including repetitive hand movements, pregnancy and arthritis.
SportsMed TENS therapy
After a diagnosis of wrist injury, your management plan should include physical therapy treatment as often as possible.
SportsMed is the physical therapy product we suggest to aid recovery of an acute wrist injury or a repetitive motion injury.
SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with peroneal muscle rehabilitation.
- RELIEVE mode:
- Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
- Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
- RECOVERY mode - injury healing
- Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
- EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
- Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)