Wrist Injuries

The wrist is a distal link in the kinetic system. In addition to repeated motion of the wrist, compensatory movements often occur at the wrist joint to neutralize the adverse effects of movements of the preceding links during tennis strokes. This repeated action results in wrist injuries. Common examples include carpal tunnel syndrome and de Quervain tenosynovitis (inflammation of the extensor pollicis brevis and the abductor pollicis longus).54

The repeated twisting motions of the wrist can cause a tear at the ulnar side of the wrist, and other abnormal wrist motions cause tendinitis of the flexor carpi ulnaris and extensor carpi ulnaris.55

To reduce overload stresses on the wrist, the most distal link, tennis players need to learn efficient and effective movement and proper timing of the lower links.56 Dry needling acupuncture provides de-stressing relief that reduces the possibility of overuse injuries. In addition, dry needling acupuncture promotes smooth coordination among the different links. For preventing and treating wrist injuries, the sensitive points in wrist area and in related muscles should be identified and treated. The athlete with wrist injuries should understand that pain relief is just a part of healing and that complete functional recovery of the wrist takes more time.

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