Wrist Joints – Stiffness & Pain
The wrist is made up of a mechanically complex configuration of muscles, bones, and ligaments. When we say “wrist joint,” we are actually referring to many small joints that bridge the carpal bones of the hand with the ulna and radius bones in the forearm. There are a total of 15 bones that connect the arm with the hand, and the wrist joint must be capable of a wide range of movements without sacrificing stability. Wrist pain and stiffness can occur when any of these tiny joints wear down and start to grind against one another, causing the immune system to signal inflammation.
Causes of wrist joint pain
Because we use our wrists for so many things, pain and stiffness in the wrist can flare up quickly. Activities as simple as driving, writing, knitting – anything that involves a repeated motion – can cause the wrist stress and subsequent inflammation.
Common Wrist Complaints
The most common complaint about wrist joints is that the joints have become stiff and swollen. Because muscles in the forearm control the movement of the wrist, this pain can spread to the arm and into the hand. Wrist pain can come on suddenly due to constant use of the wrist in daily activities.
Prevention of painful wrist joints
Stretching and range of motion exercise can help keep the wrist joints lubricated and resilient to damage. These can be as simple as rolling the wrists or resting the wrist on the edge of a flat surface and stretching the hand up and down as far as the wrist is willing to extend.
Getting plenty of rest, exercise, and eating a balanced diet can all contribute to pain relief. Foods rich in Omega-3’s and fatty acids, as well as natural food supplements like Flexiqule, can help target wrist pain directly to relieve inflammation, and promote healing.