Signs and symptoms of Wrist Osteoarthritis include wrist pain, wrist stiffness and a loss of wrist range of movement. Wrist Arthritis can have a serious effect on everyday activities due to the importance of wrist movement in hand function. Wrist Arthritis most often occurs following a broken wrist either the Scaphoid bone (Scaphoid Fracture) or the Radius bone (Colles fracture), but Wrist Arthritis may also develop following a wrist ligament injury.
Turning a door handle, removing the lid from a jar or gripping sports such as golf or tennis tend to be the things that aggravate Wrist Arthritis most the first signs tend to be wrist pain on these activities. As Wrist Arthritis progresses, loose pieces of cartilage or bone may cause a restriction of wrist movement.
Physiotherapy treatment can play an important role in preventing further wrist degeneration and maintaining wrist and hand function. Splinting using a Wrist Brace can be effective as it removes stresses from the wrist that would otherwise cause further degeneration. Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces can be very effective at removing stresses from the wrist region and can help to prevent flare ups of Wrist Arthritis .
Common Wrist Arthritis signs & symptoms:
|Consult a health professional|
|Apply cold therapy to relieve wrist pain|
|Use an Ice Therapy Cryo/Cuff to reduce pain & swelling|
|Wear a wrist brace to reduce stress|
|Use Therapeutic Putty & Hand Balls for dexterity|
|Use a TENs machine for pain relief|
|Maintain hand & finger strength with a grip strengthener|
|Use massage therapy to relieve pain & swelling|