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Physiotherapy for Wrist Ligament Injury

Physiotherapy for Wrist Ligament Injury

Wrist injuries are common for those who perform a lot of physical work, especially with their hands. It becomes a serious problem when the ligaments of your wrist are significantly damaged. If such an injury is not corrected, it typically continues to cause problems.

Wrist being by far the most complex joint is made up of a platform of 2 bones, the ends of the radius and ulna bones. Another complex arrangement of 7 bones linked by multiple ligaments between each bone and across several bones at a time both on the back and the front of the wrist. Also at times, ligaments may fail through general wear and tear presenting problems in the middle age or later when you’re more than 40 years old. Wrist ligaments may otherwise tear due to an injury such as a fall, or direct blow to your wrist.


By far the most common way the wrist gets injured is due to a fall on an outstretched hand. The same type of force can happen in other ways, such as when you brace yourself on the dashboard before an automobile accident. Whether the wrist is broken or ligaments are injured usually depends on many things, such as how strong your bones are, how the wrist is positioned during the injury, and how much force is involved. After any kind of wrist injury the wrist joint can alter how the joint works. Wrist ligament damage may result in an unstable joint.


After any injury, pain and swelling are the main symptoms. The injured wrist may become discolored and bruised. The wrist may remain painful for several weeks. However, there are no specific symptoms that allow the doctor to determine whether wrist ligament injury has occurred. Due to the instability of the ligaments, once the initial pain is subsided, the wrist may remain painful. If the ligaments have been damaged and have not healed properly, the bones do not slide against one another correctly as the wrist is moved. This can result in pain and a clicking or snapping sensation as the wrist is used for gripping activities.

In the late stages, the abnormal motion may cause osteoarthritis of the wrist. This condition can cause pain with activity. During activity, the pain usually lessens, but when the activity stops, the pain and stiffness often increase. A person may feel pain even when resting, as the condition worsens. The pain may interfere with sleep, and also the ability to grip with the hand may be diminished.

Physiotherapy Treatment:

First, the physiotherapist will diagnose the problem by physically examining your wrist joint. Then according to the severity of the injury, he will outline a plan to help speed up your recovery process, so that you can more quickly return to your active lifestyle.

The main aim of physical therapy is to help you keep your pain under control, improve strength and to regain fine motor abilities of your wrist and hand. The physiotherapist will focus on controlling the pain and swelling, and make you perform exercises that will help strengthen and stabilize the muscles around the wrist joint. If you’re experiencing pain in your wrist or have met with an accident due to which your wrist is constantly in pain, contact your professional physiotherapists in Edmonton, they will help you get rid of the pain and will also help your injury heal faster.