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What's the Best Treatment for Wrist Pain?

Posted Jun 23 2012 12:00am
Wrist pain san francisco We have been providing treatment for wrist pain in San Francisco for over 20 years now. During this time we have perfected a system for treating wrist pain and related problems such as neck, shoulder, arm, and elbow pain.

In most cases of wrist pain there are other areas of involvement such as the neck and shoulder. There may or may not be neck pain or shoulder pain, but the areas are still not functioning properly and are part of the reason the wrist hurts.

When we examine a patient that presents with hand or wrist pain we check from the neck to the fingertips on both sides. And typically, we will treat the neck to fingertips bilaterally as well. We do this because the neck, shoulder, elbow, and wrist form what we call a "kinetic chain"...a series of joints that are all interconnected kind of like the gears in a watch.

If one joint is out of alignment or stuck it effects all the others. And if one shoulder, elbow, or wrist is not working right and is inflamed and painful, you will end up using the other one more than you should putting it in danger of a repetitive stress injury (RSI). 

This is why it is SO important to work on both sides neck to fingers.

Our chiropractic protcol for treating wrist pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain is as follows:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the neck.
  • Chiropractic adjustments to the shoulder, elbows, wrists, fingers (bilaterally).
  • Mid back and low back adjustments if indicated.
  • Active Release Technique (ART) neck and forearms.
  • Graston Technique if indicated for scar tissue and muscle spasms.
  • Exercises neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist.
  • Ice to reduce pain and inflammation (neck and wrist).
  • Traction to the neck if indicated to restore neck curve.
  • Cervical Pillow.
  • Ergonomic Instruction.
  • As you can see our wrist pain treatment is very comprehensive. It sounds like a lot but a typical office visit is 30 minutes or less. Some of the treatment is done at home.

    Depending on the nature and severity of the wrist pain it may take a series of treatments to achieve a favorable outcome. Some patients have been suffering for years and the condition is chronic and severe. These patients may require a few months worth of treatment.

    The key is to start getting the right kind of treatment. I see so many patients with a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) diagnosis that have been wearing wrist splints and taking medications for years...they just have never had the right treatment. It's great seeing the splints come off and the medications stopped...and the wrist pain go away. We see it every day.

    So in my biased opinion, the best treatment for wrist pain is what I described above. For severe cases we also have deep tissue laser therapy which can help speed up the healing process.

    I would do homework online and try to find a local chiropractor that can do what I and ask them before you go in. You can always email me at: and I will check your zip code to see if there is a CTS doctor in your area that was trained by me.

    To schedule an appointment with a wrist pain doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation.

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