“You never appreciate what you have until it’s gone.” This old adage applies quite well to those suffering with wrist pain and experiencing all the inconveniences that go along with it.
When wrist pain gets in the way, it can dramatically affect the smallest of things like buttoning your shirt, holding a cup of coffee or using the restroom. It can also affect things with greater implications, like your work performance.
Whether the source of your wrist pain is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, sudden injury, or arthritis, it’s important to talk to a qualified medical professional to prevent worsening your symptoms.
Fortunately, we’re in the midst of a digital health revolution. If you’re suffering from wrist pain, you now have the option of being seen and treated by a digital care team right from the comfort of your own living room. With a simple smart device you can get a full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment program specific to you. With virtual care comes a host of benefits that can make it the right choice for you and your wrist pain treatment.
What are the benefits of wrist pain treatment from home?
Every digital wrist pain treatment program has the end goal of reducing pain, swelling and stiffness, increasing range-of-motion and helping you regain wrist function.
With a complete virtual wrist pain treatment from home, like PeerWell, you’ll also get the added conveniences of:
- On-demand virtual care visits
- Access to multidisciplinary specialists, far and wide
- Tracking your own health information with ease
- Better communication with your care team
- Quicker assessments and diagnosis
- Reducing or completely eliminating transportation costs
- Decreasing risk of in-office exposure to disease and infection
- No more in-office wait times
What is multidisciplinary treatment and why is it better for wrist pain?
Multidisciplinary healthcare is organized and forward-thinking treatment where multiple medical professionals, like physical therapists, occupational therapists, or nutritionists, work together to simplify a patient’s path to recovery. These healthcare professionals each bring you their own expertise to assess, plan and manage your care.
Modern day multidisciplinary approaches to conditions like wrist pain are aimed at making your life easier by combining everything you need from start to finish; all in one place.
Following a multidisciplinary approach is not only about diagnosing the cause of pain; it’s also about addressing the ‘whole you’ to find the right combination of treatments to get to the root of the issue and provide relief from wrist pain.
The “Five Pillars of Health”—Which a complete pain recovery program should include:
- Pain and Wellness
- Physical Therapy
- Life Management
- Health Literacy
Wrist injury: Facts and figures
While repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can affect many joints, wrists are the most commonly affected. With the ever-increasing numbers, having an option like wrist treatment from home is becoming more necessary than ever.
Here are some statistics to illustrate the staggering yearly numbers.
- There are almost 2 million U.S. workers each year who are afflicted with repetitive wrist injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis
- 600,000 workers need to take time off work to treat wrist pain
- Wrist injuries make up a whopping 69% of all repetitive strain injuries
- Everyday, 6 workers are forced to leave their jobs due to wrist pain injuries
Most common reasons for wrist pain
Certain lifestyle factors that cause inflammation can put you at a higher risk for wrist pain. Daily activities that promote repetitive motions, like work and sports, can also be a source of wrist issues.
Listed below are the most common types of wrist injuries and disorders.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Develops when there’s increased pressure at the wrist on a nerve that runs from your forearm into your palm
- Tendinitis of the wrist: Inflammation of the tendon, usually caused by overuse of the wrist
- Osteoarthritis: This type is the most common type of arthritis, and it occurs when the cartilage at the end of your bones begins to degrade. This usually only affects the wrist if there has been a previous injury to the area
- Rheumatoid arthritis. Where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues; commonly affects both wrists
- Ganglion cysts. Soft tissue cysts that are usually found opposite of the palm; can be painful
Common treatments for wrist pain
Depending on the source of your wrist pain, treatment can vary. However, the most common treatments for wrist injuries and disorders usually involve:
- Resting the wrist
- Wearing a brace
- Physical therapy
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Cortisone shots
Wrist pain: When to seek treatment
Not every minor sprain needs medical attention. Less significant wrist injuries respond well to ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms that indicate when wrist pain needs to be seen by a doctor.
Delaying diagnosis and treatment can negatively affect long-term wrist health and possibly cause reduced range of motion and even permanent damage.
Contact your digital care team immediately if you experience:
- Severe wrist pain or wrist pain that has lasted several days
- Pain or stiffness that continues despite lack of wrist use
- Numbness, tingling or persistent swelling in the affected area
- Complete loss of grip
- New swelling or redness around the wrist
Can PeerWell Health help you simplify your path to recovery?
If you’ve been dealing with wrist pain, you don’t have to do it alone. PeerWell Health can help you get diagnosed, treated and one step closer to less pain!
Your road to recovery is easier now than ever before. The only thing you need to get started is your smart device; either phone or tablet.
As a PeerWell Health patient, you’ll receive a customized treatment program that includes:
- Live 1:1 doctor visits
- Weekly physical therapy sessions
- Dedicated Member Care Coordinator to support you
- Access to multi-specialty virtual care visits
- Daily guided exercises, mindfulness techniques
- Nutrition tips for reducing inflammation
- Education about your arm pain and condition
Our friendly Member Care Coordinator will guide you through the intake process, connect you with a digital recovery professional and get you one step closer to less pain and a healthier, functional wrist!
To schedule your first consultation, reach out to our Member Care Coordinator today!