Wrist pain is a repetitive strain injury (RSI) and is often referred to as wrist tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. The origin of wrist pain is extremely important in its diagnosis.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that over 83% of hand pain cases are misdiagnosed by doctors.
This epidemic of misdiagnosis (especially misdiagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome) forced the NIH in 2010 to warn doctors about this problem as a result of the huge – and unnecessary – jump in carpal tunnel surgeries. Along with the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, they told doctors to advise patients to use all non-surgical options first to treat hand pain before even considering surgery.
Carpal tunnel surgery is a huge commitment of time, money, pain – and it often fails. So this announcement is an important milestone for all doctors and patients. This huge percentage of doctor-misdiagnosed hand pain is the leading contributor to needless pain and suffering, pointless surgery, and lost job time.
Wrist pain that originates in the neck, has been a frequent source of misdiagnosis
The differential diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy versus carpal tunnel syndrome can often be difficult for both the provider and the patient.
Usually a combination of clinical acumen, by our integrated medical team can properly diagnose your condition. Often chiropractic care or physical therapy and/or non-invasive regenerative medicine procedures are helpful in resolving wrist pain naturally.