Wrist complaints

Wrist complaints

Long work hours behind a computer, prolonged leaning on your wrists? Wrist complaints are often caused by straining. Repeated movements will lead to irritation in the joints and can cause pain as a result. If you want to avoid straining of the wrist, you will have to reach a good balance between effort and relaxation.

Anatomy of the wrist

The wrist is the joint between eight hand bones and two bones in the forearm. The hand bones are laying close together and they are together with the bones of the forearm wrapped in a joint bandage. It’s not the bandage that makes the wrist secure, but the ligaments and muscle tendons. The long small tendons are attached to the muscle and  bones and make a strong connection between them.

Symptoms of wrist complaints

There are many symptoms of wrist complaints to describe each depending on the cause of the complaint. When a fall is broken with the wrist, there is a good chance the wrists get twisted. The bandage and ligaments around the joint are overloaded by the impact of the fall and through the nerves you feel pain. Most likely there will be coloration and swelling of the wrist. This will hinder the movement of the wrist.

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Causes of wrist complaints

The most common cause of wrist complaints is the breaking of a fall with the wrists. The cartilage in the wrist can be damaged in the fall and the ligaments are twisted. If this is the case, you have a sprain. But it is also possible that complaints of the wrist occur gradually. This can happen if you have prolonged overload of your wrist, for example if working long hours at a computer with a mouse, trying to finish a job under pressure. The joint and surrounding muscle and tendon structures will get irritated. Tension on the wrist joint is at first no trouble, but after a while you can feel something aching. Often this is a sign that the muscles are tired.


Treatment of wrist complaints

When the wrist(s) cannot move normally because it (they) suffers from pain, the cause of the complaint doesn’t always originate in the wrist. A MoveWell chiropractor will study the moving parts of the upper body in order to find the cause of the complaints. Chiropractic MoveWell can help with their ‘in 3 steps better’ program. To read more about this treatment, click here…

Typical wrist complaints


Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the nerve which runs through the forearm to your hand has no space. Your wrist has a kind of tunnel in which the nerve lies that makes your hand move and turn. When there is irritation of the wrist joint and the tendons are swollen, the nerve doesn’t have enough space and gets stuck. This can lead to complaints such as a dead feeling in the hand, often from the thumb to half of the ring finger. But tingling, pain or less feeling are also an indication that you have carpal tunnel syndrome.



Just like in other joints of your body it is also possible that wear occurs in the wrists. Most likely this is due to old age, but it can appear because of rheumatism or through heavy straining caused by sport like tennis or badminton. Because of the wear the amount of cartilage will diminish slowly. The bone parts in the joint don’t glide as well as before and the friction gets worse. A vicious circle appears and due to this process the wear will proceed faster and the bones will get stuck together. With movement this gives a cracking sound and pain can occur.

Tennis elbow / golfer’s elbow

When you suffer from a tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow it’s often harder to move your wrist normally. Go to the page ‘Elbow complaints’ to find more information on a tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.