A wrist injury among athletes comes from overuse of the joint, such as in the case of players in tennis, baseball, and billiards, with a few cases of trauma. Fortunately, wrist injuries can be effectively treated with a combination of the REST protocol, pain and anti-inflammatory medication, and physical rehabilitation.
When your wrist is injured, you should set an appointment with medical professionals including doctors and physical therapists for the appropriate treatment. You must avoid self-treatment as it can worsen your condition. You can rely on the expertise of the medical professionals at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Long Beach clinic, which is also accessible for patients from Signal Hill, Carson, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, and Los Alamitos.
Here are two of the most common physical rehabilitation exercises for wrist injuries caused by overuse. If you experience pain during these exercises, you should stop and inform your physical therapist about it.
- Assisted Supinator Stretch
You will require the assistance of your friend or therapist for the assisted supinator stretch, which will stretch the muscles that turn the hand over (i.e., supinate)
- Assume a relaxed position with your upper arm supported by your friend or therapist.
- Let your therapist fully pronate your hand, which means that your palm faces downward, which will stretch and lengthen its supinator muscles.
- Hold the position for up to 60 seconds or so; you should not feel pain
You may, however, feel a mild stretch in your forearm and wrist. You may also bend your elbow so that the stretch on your biceps lessens so the focus is on your supinator muscles. You should avoid stretching your supinator muscles beyond their limit because you will be worsening your injury.
- Finger Exercises
You will require an ordinary rubber band for finger stretches. These exercises are great for strengthening the finger extensors. This helps as treatment for tennis elbow injuries.
- Place a rubber band around your fingers and thumb.
- Slowly spread your fingers apart as far as possible without causing pain.
You can perform the exercise either on all of your fingers at once or only between two fingers. The trick is to ensure that your fingers are stretched as far as possible, which will also strengthen them.
Come to our Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Ontario for your physical rehabilitation program. The clinic also serves patients from Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Montclair, and Chino.
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