Muscle Lab: Wrist Pain Treatment & Recovery Plan
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Are you suffering from Wrist Pain?
Check out Muscle Labs Recovery page and learn more about your injury, our treatment methods and preventative measures to take for next time around.




Here at Muscle Lab your health and recovery are the main priority. We've created Recovery plans specifically aimed at your injury. Your recovery process will begin with an injury assessment to determine the grade and depth of your wrist pain. Health information about how the injury occurred and the amount of pain and swelling you're experiencing are vital.



After you've done your compression therapy, Muscle lab has developed some localized treatments to target your injury directly. Instead of using ice packs, we offer Local Cryotherapy treatments that use liquid nitrogen to aid in recovering your sore wrist and hand. Localized cryotherapy is designed to focus the benefits of cryotherapy on one specific area of the body — in this case, your hands and wrists. The cold treatment can decrease your pain and any swelling. Although results will be shown directly after 1 session, it is highly recommended to treat an injured area at least 5 times. Localized cryotherapy will target a specific area for about 10 minutes. Providing the attention to a specific area will allow it to heal faster.

So what’s the difference between icing at home and localized cryotherapy at Muscle Lab? We’ve had multiple clients shocked by the speedy recovery time localized cryotherapy provided. Cryotherapy works on healing the inflammation from the inside out, whereas icing is directly focused on the top layer of skin. Icing can be time consuming, messy, and painful.



Cupping therapy is the practice of applying suction to the body to promote optimal recovery and maintain high performance levels. To tackle pain in yours hands and wrists, your Muscle Lab therapist can do Cupping on your forearm muscles.

Clients who complain of chronic pain have been known to see dramatic relief and increased range of motion with cupping therapy. Cupping is effective in managing arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pain from physical activity. It is a non-invasive treatment that promotes soft tissue mobilization, therefore in order to maximize the results, it is important to continue stretching and maintaining mobility.

Because cupping causes an influx of blood to the treated area, it creates healthy blood circulation that allows the body to speed up its healing process. Blood is drawn to targeted areas of the body to promote toxin removal and fluid build up. This blood movement can ease sore and fatigued muscles for a quicker recovery time. It is also known to help treat varicose veins as new blood vessels are created. The body naturally holds stress and tension within the joints and muscles. Cupping is the optimal way to lower stress levels and tension that have accumulated in the body over time.



Stretch Therapy is similar to a massage as it targets the parts of your body that need healing and tension relief. But unlikes a massage, the Stretch Therapy involves a wide variety of techniques, including myofascial release and active range of motion movements, in addition to traditional passive stretching.  

Our Muscle Lab stretch therapists can help you target the pain in your wrist, palm and hands. They will guide you in stretching the palm in different positions. Stretch therapy can help tired muscles with better functional mobility. The stretching techniques also allow your muscles to synchronize more properly, thus enhancing your muscular coordination. The stretching techniques used during your session can also aid in improving blood circulation, which increases blood flow to your muscles and can shorten your recovery time and reduce muscle soreness. The therapist will focus on movements that target wrist tendons and connective tissue around your joints.

The Stretch Therapy has a targeted focus on the areas that need it most, which can minimize and reduce your predisposition to injuries. Increasing the flexibility of muscle-tendons promotes better performance and help prevent future injury. As you develop strength and flexibility in your wrist and hands, you'll be able to withstand more physical stress and you'll rid your body of muscle imbalances.



Wrist pain symptoms can vary depending on what is causing it.

For example, osteoarthritis pain is often described as being similar to a dull toothache. Meanwhile, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause a pins-and-needles feeling or a tingling sensation in the hand and wrist, especially at night.

The exact location of your wrist pain can help provide a better understanding to what's causing your symptoms.


Wrist pain is usually a result of sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. Wrist pain can also be caused from long-term issues, like repetitive stress, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Below is a list of different types of wrist pain and what may cause each of them.


When you have a wrist sprain injury, the ligaments of your wrist become stretched past their normal limits. This is usually a result of an injury, like falling on your hand. Other than the pain you feel when you move your wrist, common symptoms of a wrist sprain include swelling around the joint, bruising or discoloration, and a tingling sensation, called paresthesia.


There are several tendons that cross over the wrist, connecting the muscles in the forearms to the hand and finger bones. Flexor tendons are located on the palm side of your hand, and they allow your fingers to flex for grasping and gripping objects. Extensor tendons are on the top side of your hand and help your fingers to straighten and release objects. When one or more of your tendons becomes inflamed, wrist tendonitis develops. This causes a dull, aching pain, along with morning stiffness and, sometimes, mild swelling or warmth. Some people also report a popping sensation when moving their wrist.

Occupational activities that involve repetitive hand and wrist motion, such as typing or working with machinery, and sports that place repetitive stress on the wrist, like golf and tennis, are the most common causes of wrist tendonitis.


The term "tenosynovitis" is often used interchangeably with "tendonitis." But with tenosynovitis, the tendon sheath — a fluid-filled covering that your wrist tendons glide through — becomes inflamed, which then causes similar symptoms as an inflamed tendon.

A specific type of tenosynovitis is called de Quervain's tenosynovitis, which causes wrist pain on the side of the thumb and can move into the arm. This type of tenosynovitis is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 50, and is often reported by women who have repetitive hand and wrist activity, such as picking up a child.



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common wrist injuries in the United States and affects 7.8% of American workers, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results from dysfunction of one of the nerves in the wrist and the median nerve is compressed, or pinched off, as it passes through the wrist joint.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes wrist discomfort, which tends to be worse at night. Additionally, a person with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience numbness and tingling in their palms, as well as in their thumb, index, and middle finger.


A Wrist Fracture is a common orthopedic injury that can occur due to an injury and/or bone weakness, such as with osteoporosis.

A common type of wrist fracture is a scaphoid fracture, which may come from a fall on an outstretched hand. The scaphoid bone is a curved bone located on the thumb side of your wrist.

A scaphoid fracture causes swelling, pain, and tenderness in the area just below the base of the thumb. The pain may worsen when you try to pinch or hold something.


Arthritis comes in a number of different forms that can affect the wrist. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the wrist joint. Gout, which is another type of inflammatory arthritis, may affect the wrist joint too.

Osteoarthritis of the wrist is less common and is most likely to come as a result of a prior wrist injury. Septic bacterial arthritis of the wrist, which means the wrist joint is infected, is also possible but more rare.


Ganglion Cysts are benign, fluid-filled capsules that cause swelling and/or wrist pain. The cysts usually occur on the back of the hand or wrist and can feel smooth and rubbery. Ganglion Cysts may grow but they won't spread to other parts of your body. In rare instances, the Ganglion Cysts may compress a nerve, causing some muscle weakness and/or numbness and tingling.


Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, also called ulnar neuropathy, results when your ulnar nerve, also known as your "funny bone nerve," becomes compressed. It can cause wrist pain, numbness and tingling in some of your fingers.


Carpal Boss is a firm, immovable bump on the back of the hand or wrist. It's created by a small area of osteoarthritis occurring at the junction of the long hand bones and the small wrist bones.