WRIST PAIN (Radiculopathy)
How we treat wrist pain caused by nerve irritation:
If your wrist pain is caused by nerve impingement (related to poor posture, please see Causes of Wrist Pain), treatment will be focused around releasing the area of compression. Once this is achieved, normal nerve dynamics will return and pain should diminish.
At The Physio Guys, we use a combination of innovative treatment techniques learnt from world class international physiotherapists. Treatment will include:
- Vertebral mobilisations in the neck and upper back to restore normal movement and desensitize the irritated nerve
- Soft tissue massage around the neck and shoulder to improve muscle tightness which will allow the nerve to run more freely
- Nerve gliding exercises to improve nerve mobility
- Dry Needling to return tight muscle to normal muscle tone
- Strapping/kinesiology tape to protect and support the painful wrist
- Pilates exercises to strengthen the weakened postural muscles. Improved posture will improve nerve mobility
- Stretches to improve flexibility and mobility
- Ergonomic and lifestyle education to prevent recurrence
Causes of Wrist Pain
A lot of wrist pain injuries are misdiagnosed and can come in the form of nerve entrapment from the neck and shoulder area rather than the actual painful site. It is most commonly seen in patients who sit a lot at work or remain in static positions for prolonged periods. Sitting or standing with a forward head posture and rounded shoulders can put a strain on the vertebrae of the spine which over time will become stiff and cause the muscles in that area to become tight. This is where nerves can get impinged and cause wrist pain.
Nerves transmit electrical messages and signals throughout the body. They resemble spaghetti in size and in the way they feel. In order for them to function properly they must glide through joints, muscles and tendons without getting impinged. When a nerve gets impinged in a stiff neck or a tight muscle around the shoulder, it stretches instead of glides.
This causes pain in certain areas and can often mimic tendonitis or repetitive strain injuries such as:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervains Syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Wrist tendonitis
- Hand tendonitis
Frequently Asked Questions
Each session is €70. Students and Medical Card holders cost €60.
Each appointment usually lasts 30mins.
No. You can make an appointment without a referral from your GP. If on assessment we deem your condition requires GP input we will refer you on.
Yes, we accept all major cards.
We are recognized by all the major insurance companies and you do not need a referral letter from your provider. The amount that can be claimed varies depending on your plan. Treatment costs are also tax deductible via a Med-1 form.
So for example, if you spend €60.00 on physiotherapy and you receive €40 from your health insurance company, then the remainder €20 is subject to tax relief. If you’re in the 42% bracket you can receive a further €8.40 in tax relief.
We would advise to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. We usually need to inspect the affected area so please wear clothing that allows for this. If your leg is the the injured area then it’s a good idea to wear shorts.
The treatment for each individual varies. However, following your first appointment we will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit. On average, most patients usually require 2-3 treatments.
This varies between people. Some people do experience some short term discomfort which quickly subsides. This is taken into account during your treatment.
Yes, there is plenty of on-street parking available on Bath Avenue, or around the corner on South Lotts Road. For driving directions and information on other transport options you can call us and we will provide you with instructions.