Wrist Pain – A Working From Home Reality

Over the next few months, as many of us adjust to staying indoors, naturally we’ll be spending more time online and working from home.

With extra screen time and copious amounts of time spent at the desk, wrist pain will be one of the most common issues to enter physiotherapy practices. And, there’s good reason for that.

If you have a desk job, you’re at risk

For those who work 40+ hours per week at the desk, it’s no secret that the humble desk can actually cause a multitude of problems for many parts of the body. However, as the title states, we will focus on wrist pain this week.

Wrist pain and injury is quite a common issue that we see come into the practice. We find that although sport is of course a primary cause of wrist injuries, the second major cause of wrist pain is usually the result of a person’s everyday work habits. This is then fuelled even more by the ongoing use of the wrist for everyday movements and actions (especially in and around the home each day.)

Wrist movement is key to efficient everyday functioning

Not only do our wrists carry out simple tasks, they too can carry out complex tasks and we use them for almost everything – from communicating to creating! There’s not much that the wrist can’t do. With this in mind, how can it be a surprise that these all-important joints and ligaments can then become prone to repetitive strain injuries?

What to do if you suffer from wrist pain

Thankfully, many wrist conditions can be managed and treated thanks to physiotherapy successfully and may also reduce your risk of surgery. No matter what the cause of your wrist pain is, you can trust the team at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to provide you with an accurate assessment about your wrist condition and to provide you with the most effective treatment to give you relief.

Your progression to wrist pain relief

When you come to our practice, a member of our highly experienced team will get to know your history and take you through a thorough assessment process to get to the cause of your pain. In many cases, the suggestion of an x-ray or other type of scan may occur.

Once we have an accurate picture of your condition we:

  • talk to you about the best treatment options
  • create a personalised rehabilitation program
  • suggest exercises for you to do at home, and
  • give you strategies to manage and minimise your pain.

When it comes to your wrist pain, early treatment is vital to avoid long-term pain and injury. After all, if you’re working 40+ hours a week at a desk, or enjoy being on the computer in isolation, you’ll need your wrist pain solved before it begins to interfere with your working habits and gets too painful.

Start progressing with us

You can be confident our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will get to the source of your wrist pain, recommend the best treatment options and help you find relief.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.