It's 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of August. You just parked your car at the grocery store, it's hot. 97 degrees outside to be exact. You've got a long list in front of you to gear up for the start of the workweek, including having to lug all of these groceries with carpal tunnel in your wrists.
To top it off, you're really not in the mood to deal with annoying kids, like the one in the minivan parked right next to you who happens to be pressing his tongue up against the window, staring right at you, wide-eyed and throwing the middle finger. Little shit. You can't get to him or the pain in your wrists, so for the time being, you just have to deal with it... Or do you?
By examining the wrist in its entirety, it's easy to see how easily injuries can occur in sports and everyday life.
The Radiocarpal Joint
Unfortunately, the wrist is a fairly common pain point in which many injuries can occur. The wrist is a complex joint. In fact, there are several main ligaments located in the wrist, one for each side of the joint. These ligaments include:
Palmar Radiocarpal: Found on the anterior (palmar) side of the hand, it passes from the radius to both rows of carpal bones increasing stability while the hand is palm-up.
Dorsal Radiocarpal: This is found on the posterior (dorsum) side of the hand, it passes from the radius to both rows of carpal bones contributing to the stability of the wrist while the hand is palm-down.
Ulnar Collateral: Runs from the ulnar styloid process to the triquetrum and pisiform. Works in union with the other collateral ligament to prevent excessive lateral joint displacement.
Radial Collateral: Runs from the radial styloid process to the scaphoid and trapezium. Works in union with the other collateral ligament to prevent excessive lateral joint displacement.
Okay after hitting you with some vocab and exposing you to all this science, it's easy to see that whole lotta things can go wrong. Day to day this may include dislocations, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains/ strains, muscle tears, and of course joint pain. This translates into a dysfunctional movement where simple tasks like grabbing just about anything becomes impossible or by the very least, extremely painful and difficult. Likewise, using your computer, messaging on your phone, eating, working out, etc., are all continuous irritating experiences.
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