Wrist & hand pain
We as nation often take our hands for granted and only really notice they are there when there is a problem. Think what you couldn't do on a daily basis if you couldn't move your hands. That may give an idea of how much you use and rely on them each and every day. Some of us take care of our bodies. For example; people exercise, have sports massages to help muscles recover, eat healthily etc. But how many people look after their hands. Nearly a quarter of all the bones in our bodies are in our two hands, should we look after them more? We think the answer is obvious!
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Due to the technology revolution, the nation as a whole are required to work for longer periods whilst sat at computer desks. Most RSI conditions are reported in the hands and forearms. Constant use of the smaller tendons in our fingers, to type at the desk or repeated use of our mobile phones, can cause irritation, inflammation and wear and tear to these tissues.
Treatment of RSIs can be difficult as you cannot just simply say stop using a computer. But what we can do, is make sure the movements required to do these repetitive movements are actually being executed in the most energy efficient way possible.
We look to see, are the muscles moving optimally? Are the joints freely moving in all three dimensions? Are the elbow and shoulder joints moving correctly and not causing excessive strain on the smaller muscles in the hands? All of this is of value when assessing and treating RSIs. Some people can type for twice as long as another and not experience symptoms. This might be because all of there joints are able to move well when performing tasks. Therefore the person who is experiencing problems, and is typing for far less time, might just not be able to use there anatomy as well as the other person. As a result, inflammation and injury can occur.
The good news is that when everything is moving well, then most people should be able to cope with long hours of computer work. It is when things are not moving well, that the repetitive actions lead to excessive stress and ultimately pain.