Treatment of Wrist Pain
Wrist pain is a common condition that we treat here at Caring Medical. Pain in the wrist can be due to any one of a number of causes, including carpal tunnel syndrome, a broken bone, a sprain or strain, tendonitis or bursitis. Close to nine percent of all athletic injuries may be injuries to the hand of wrist. Throwing, weight-bearing, twisting and impacts are the four main types of ways wrists can become injured. Weakened ligaments are another common cause chronic wrist pain, and may also make an individual more susceptible to injuries. Learn more about how wrist pain develops and common treatments, including Prolotherapy for wrist pain.
The wrist is made up of 15 bones and 27 articular surfaces, that is, surfaces related to a joint, all in a sea of ligaments. Stability of the wrist is provided by the tight-fitting anatomic design of the individual carpal bones and by the ligamentous interconnections that control movement of one bone on another. When weakened ligaments allow one of the wrist bones to become unstable and shift positions, carpal instability results. In addition, any one of the ligaments may be torn due to an injury and become a source of pain. If the ligamentous injury is incomplete, the bones can assume a normal alignment at rest, but collapse under applied load. This is termed dynamic instability of the wrist. Static carpal instability occurs when enough restraints are lost that the bones assume an abnormal alignment.
In search of an alternative to wrist surgery
Typical modern medical treatment for wrist pain, especially if it is the result of sports or athletic activities, involves RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Application of a splint may also be advised. The problem with this treatment approach is that it decreases inflammation (inflammation heals!) at a time when the injured area needs it most, resulting, unfortunately, in decreased healing. In other words, it does nothing to repair the injured or weakened ligaments usually responsible and, thus, does not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition experience.
Another standard practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids into the wrist or to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. Although cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues.
And all too often, if the pain persists, surgery is recommended. In the case of chronic wrist pain, it usually involves a procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation, which means that pins are stuck into and around the wrist bones. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse, because it does not address the underlying ligament damage, which was causing wrist pain in the first place.
Prolotherapy for Wrist Pain
A better approach is to stimulate ligament repair with Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy for wrist pain treats the scapholunate or other wrist ligaments and causes a strengthening of the ligaments and the stabilization of the three wrist bones typically involved, resulting in a complete healing of the pain. Furthermore, individuals who have already had wrist surgery, but who have experienced degeneration as a result of the surgery, have found tremendous relief from Prolotherapy treatments supplemented with chrondoitin and glucosamine sulfate.
Chronic pain is most commonly due to cartilage deterioration, tendon weakness or ligament weakness, as is the case with chronic wrist pain. The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.
Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating chronic pain. It effectively eliminates pain because it attacks the source: the fibro-osseous junction, an area rich in sensory nerves. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!
Prolotherapy research on wrist pain
You can read our study on patients using Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Wrist Pain, published in the journal Practical Pain Management.