Common Causes of Wrist Injuries and How to Avoid Them

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When you injure your wrist, there can be a host of resulting complications, pain, and discomfort that result from even the slightest twist or sprain, and if left untreated, such conditions could develop into more serious and long-term issues. 

The best way of reducing the risk of such complications is to do everything in your power to avoid a wrist injury in the first place, so, with this in mind, continue reading to learn of the most common causes of wrist injuries and how to avoid them. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the pressure of the carpal bones in your wrist being too much on the nerves; amongst other symptoms, it includes numbness in the fingers, pain, discomfort, and a tingling sensation in both your fingers and hand and aching in the wrist itself. 

If you feel as if, for now at least, home treatment for your suspected carpal tunnel syndrome may be best, short-term relief from the discomfort can be sought in painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, as well as the undertaking of specific hand exercises

Ganglion Cyst

In essence, a ganglion cyst is a lump that is formed along the joints or tendons or either the wrist or ankle that can grow to be as large as one inch across and is filled with fluid. 

Ganglion cysts are usually entirely harmless and are particularly common, and the majority of them simply disappear on their own over time. There has so far not been a conclusive discovery of the cause of such cysts, but they are believed to be slightly more common in women and often occur in people who either have osteoarthritis or have sustained an injury to either their tendons or joints. 

Sprains

There are a multitude of ways that a wrist sprain can occur, although a large majority of people with a sprained wrist have reported a fall or bang as the cause of the problem. Contrary to popular belief, the wrist has fifteen different bones inside, and any one of these bones or joints can be sprained or fractured.

By far, the most effective and proven-to-be beneficial way of treating a sprained wrist is to invest in a quality wrist splint support from an established and experienced manufacturer such as online, at www.podobrace.co.uk

‘Trigger Finger’

Essentially, ‘trigger finger, which is also known as tenosynovitis, is when one or more of the tendons in one’s fingers and hands become inflamed and swollen, resulting in an ability to bend and move properly individual fingers. 

Trigger finger is substantially more common in the right hand, as more people are right-handed than left-handed, and although it usually affects the little finger, ring finger, or thumb, it can inhibit the movement of any fingers on either hand. 

The most effective treatment for trigger finger includes the modification of activities while the affected fingers heal, hot and cold compresses, painkillers that are non-steroid based, and the splintering of one’s finger by a medical professional.