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How can physical therapists help you avoid wrist pain with pressure?

September 13th, 2021
Wrist Pain With Pressure

How many times do you move your wrist in a day? For most people, it would be hard to count their wrist movements since there are so many. Your wrists move when you turn the wheel when driving. They move when you twist doorknobs, raise a glass to your mouth, and lift objects, and those are just a few of the normal daily tasks that involve wrist movement. 

Wrist pain with pressure can occur during any type of wrist movement, and it can dramatically affect your ability to do a whole host of normal activities. Often, most people won’t seek help for their pain until they’ve already developed injuries or conditions that cause it. However, others may recognize that they’re at risk of developing wrist pain. These people may seek to avoid developing wrist pain with pressure in the first place. That’s where a physical therapist comes in. 

Three steps physical therapists can take to help you avoid wrist pain with pressure

A physical therapist can do a comprehensive assessment of your wrists. This allows them to pinpoint underlying issues or common daily tasks that may lead to wrist pain with pressure. Your physical therapist can then take steps to help you avoid this type of pain, such as: 

  1. Learning proper wrist posture — Wrist posture is how you hold your wrists while doing certain activities. Unfortunately, many people don’t maintain good wrist posture when doing daily activities, like typing. Your physical therapist can help you learn what proper typing posture is and help you take steps to achieve it. 
  1. Improve form when playing sports or esports — Both traditional sports and esports can increase the stress on your wrists, which can lead to wrist pain with pressure. Physical therapists can assess your wrist function and posture during sports or esports movements. They can then help you improve your form when you’re doing the movements involved in your sport or esport.
  1. Develop stretching and strengthening plans — Often, making sure that your wrists are strong and flexible can help decrease your risk of developing pain. Creating a plan that targets your areas of weakness and range-of-motion deficits is something a physical therapist can do. Your physical therapist can show you specific therapeutic exercises that can help: 
  • Boost your forearm muscle strength. 
  • Improve your wrist, hand and forearm flexibility. 
  • Maintain normal range of motion in your wrist.

Rehab Access can help you avoid issues that lead to wrist pain with pressure

Eager to avoid any issues that could trigger wrist pain with pressure? Our team at Rehab Access Physical Therapy is keen to help you sidestep this and many other types of pain. We can get you started with a free screening, which can reveal problems that can morph into wrist pain. Furthermore, our physical therapists excel at creating programs that are customized to you and that work to help you avoid wrist pain. 

Contact our team today for more information about how we can help you prevent wrist pain or to schedule your initial appointment.