What Is General Wrist Weakness?
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Every day, our wrists are at the forefront of a multitude of tasks: from brushing our teeth in the morning to switching off the light at the end of the day, our wrists are constantly required to perform. However, over time, wrists can weaken, and this general wrist weakness can be painful and even end up hindering one's quality of life.
There are certain measures that can be taken to both prevent general wrist weakness and to ease the symptoms if and when it does develop. Read on to find out who is most at risk, what preventative steps can be taken, and how to treat the condition should it arise.
What Causes General Wrist Weakness?
General wrist weakness tends to develop over time as a result of overuse. As such, it is often an unavoidable symptom of ageing, as the wrists inevitably succumb to the perils of time.
However, there are also certain repetitive actions and specific people who may find that general wrist weakness may develop prematurely as a result of an excessive pressure on their wrists. See the section below for further information about who is most likely to develop general wrist weakness.
Who Is at Risk of General Wrist Weakness?
While general wrist weakness can affect anybody and at any time, there are certain activities and demands on the wrist that make specific people more at risk of developing general wrist weakness. Individuals at a greater risk include, but are not limited to, the following:
Symptoms of General Wrist Weakness
As there is an almost limitless number of ailments that can affect the wrists, it may be hard to identify whether or not there is a specific condition causing weakness in your wrists. If you feel like you have any of the symptoms below, a professional medical diagnosis should always be sought. However, they may help you to better understand your wrist weakness in the meantime. Symptoms of general wrist weakness may include:
Treating General Wrist Weakness
General wrist weakness, unless a symptom in itself of an underlying or developing wrist condition, does not usually have any specific characteristic that can be treated with surgery or medication. However, there is a number of options suitable for encouraging healing of and relieving pain caused by general wrist weakness. They are as follows:
Avoiding Contributing Activities
General wrist weakness can often be a degenerative condition, meaning that it can be maintained but not cured. However, in some instances it can develop prematurely as a result of overuse of the wrist. In such cases, it may be possible to heal the weakened wrist by taking a break, or stopping altogether, the activities that contribute to the weakness of the wrist.
With this in mind, it may be necessary to take respite from playing sports that impact on the wrist, or ensure that you take frequent rest breaks when working at a computer. It may not always be possible to avoid the acts that contribute to wrist weakness, but by limiting the amount of pressure placed on the wrists it will make the symptoms easier to manage.
Hot and Cold Therapies
While it is important to try to increase wrist strength, it is understandable that you will also want to reduce any associated pain as quickly as possible. Hot and cold therapies can help with this, and can be received either at a professional physiotherapy or rehabilitation clinic, or as part of self-administered treatment at home.
Using an ice pack can help to reduce pain and swelling, and will effectively cool down any inflammation or hot and reddened skin. A heat pack, on the other hand, will warm up the affected area, encouraging blood flow to quicken up the rate of healing.
Just like any other part of the body, exercising the wrist can help to improve strength and maintain good health. Adding a hand exerciser to your fitness regime will give the wrist the workout it both deserves and needs.
Some hand exercisers enable you to exercise the whole wrist at once, while others work each finger individually, which works the different joints of the wrist in turn. There are even hand exercisers that massage the palm to relax the surrounding muscles, providing a soothing workout that still strengthens and improves dexterity!
Wrist Supports and Braces
If you choose to wear a wrist support or brace, you will be able to combine pain relief and healing with optimal protection for your wrist to prevent it from coming to further harm. There are many wrist supports available, with some offering compression to promote healing, while others can restrict or even immobilise wrist movement to prevent it from bending awkwardly or uncomfortably.
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