Wrist pain is very common and there are many causes of this problem. The causes range from performing a few too many repetitions of the biceps curl in the gym to chopping vegetables at home. These injuries range from repetitive stress injuries to sprains, fractures, and arthritis. Wrist pain is treated just like any other similar injury and can gradually get worse overtime if not properly taken care of. Again, most wrist pain problems or injuries are treated by rest, combination of ice and heat, wrist support, anti-inflammatory medication, and even rehab if the problem or injury does not fade over time. If you are experiencing any of the following please contact your physician:
– Inability to carry things
– Pain that lasts longer than a few days
– Inability to flex or straighten the joint
– Pain that occurs at night
– Signs of swelling or infection
Below are a few exercises that you can do either at home or at the gym to help prevent wrist pain. The goal of each of these exercises is to strengthen the wrist in order to prevent wrist pain or wrist injuries. The exercises can be performed with cables, dumbbells, or tubing. The following are modified versions of the wrist curl and wrist extension. Please feel free to ask any questions if you have them!!
See Matt’s entire series on preventing and healing injuries.