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Wrist ligaments: How you might injure them and how PT can help you treat them

May 16th, 2022
Wrist Ligaments

Ligaments are the fibrous connective tissue inside of your wrist that connect your bones to one another. They help your bones to move as well as help stabilize your joints. Our wrists and hands are made up of many small bones. As a result, there are many ligaments inside the hands that help us to move our hands and perform everyday tasks.

Unfortunately, because we rely on our hands and wrists for so many things, they have ample opportunity to become injured. People who play sports as well as those who repeatedly use hand tools at work often suffer from injuries to the wrist. Some of the most common forms of wrist ligament injuries include:

  • Sprains — When the ligaments in our wrists become stretched too far in one direction, they can become sprained. Wrist sprains happen often when people use their hands to catch themselves when falling.
  • Avulsion fractures — Sometimes a wrist ligament can become stretched so far that a piece of the wrist bone can be pulled loose. This is what’s known as an avulsion fracture.
  • Ligament tears — A traumatic impact can cause the ligaments of the wrist to tear completely from the bone. This results in severe pain, swelling and weakness in the wrist.

Can physical therapy help to treat my wrist injury?

Many common injuries of the wrist can be treated without the need for surgery. Physical therapy is proven to be an effective method in treating wrist injuries. A physical therapist can pinpoint the cause of your wrist pain and use a number of proven therapy methods to treat it. A physical therapy plan to treat your wrist pain can benefit you in a number of ways:

  • Reducing your pain.
  • Improving your range of motion.
  • Increasing your flexibility.
  • Strengthening your wrist muscles.
  • Decreasing the risk of future injury.

The ultimate goal of physical therapy for the wrist is to help you get back to your daily routine and activities that you enjoy without pain in your wrist. Therapeutic exercises and proper posture training can help you return to normal while reducing the changes of a wrist injury in the future.

Where can I turn for physical therapy near me?

If you are suffering from a wrist ligament injury that is preventing you from participating in your favorite activities, call on the experts at Rehab Access Physical Therapy for help. Our team of experienced physical therapy specialists can get you started with a free screening to help determine the cause of your wrist pain. From there, we can work with you to determine the best treatment for your needs.

We have years of experience treating many common musculoskeletal issues, including:

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.