Understanding Joint Laxity in the Wrist: A Road to Recovery
October 30, 2023
Joint laxity, a condition where the ligaments supporting a joint are loose, can significantly impact the functionality of the wrist. The consequences for the patient are debilitating, affecting simple tasks like gripping a pen, cutting hair, playing golf, crocheting, and even opening a jar. Hand Therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals with wrist joint laxity regain stability, strength, pain reduction, and over all function.
Wrist joint laxity can result from various factors, including genetics, injuries, or repetitive strain. People with this condition often experience pain, swelling, and instability, making it challenging for them to do the things they need and want to do.
Once joint laxity in the wrist has been identified It is important to understand the patient’s unique condition and lifestyle to best design a personalized treatment plan. Therapeutic exercises are a cornerstone of hand therapy for joint laxity. These exercises focus on strengthening the muscles around the wrist and improving stability. Patients are guided through a series of targeted movements, gradually enhancing their wrist’s strength and flexibility.
In addition to exercise, various modalities such as splinting and manual therapy techniques can be used. Custom splints or over the counter splints can provide support and stability to the affected joint, aiding in functionality. Manual therapy including soft tissue manipulation, can be used to reduce pain.
Education is a vital aspect of hand therapy for joint laxity. Patients learn techniques to protect their wrist while doing the things they want to do to prevent further injuries. Hand Therapy will also educate patients on ergonomic principles, promoting wrist – health at work and in the home.
The road to recovery from wrist joint laxity can be challenging. However, Through tailored exercise, hands-on therapies, and empowering education, hand therapy can open the door to pain- free, functional life, allowing you to reclaim independence and engage fully in activities like cutting hair, crocheting, and playing golf.
Paul is a board-certified, fellowship-trained certified hand therapist who specializes in elbow, wrist, and hand rehabilitation. He has over 10,000 hours of direct patient care.