Diagnosis and Treatment
Wrist injuries are among the most common injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, typically caused by impact with doors, dashboards, steering wheels and other objects. It’s a common response, when impact is imminent, to put your hands out in front of you to brace yourself, or to tighten your grip on the steering wheel. Your wrists can be extremely vulnerable in a car crash, with a variety of injuries likely, including sprained or strained muscles and ligaments, dislocations and broken bones.
Wrist pain can also be an indication of misalignments or other problems in your neck and spine. Because the impact of a motor vehicle accident can affect your entire body, there’s a significant likelihood that you could end up with a rib or some part of your shoulder out of alignment. In fact, there are two fairly common injuries suffered in car accidents that can cause wrist pain, even though the injuries don’t appear to be to your wrist:
- Thoracic outlet syndrome – This diagnosis involves a pinched or impinged nerve in the thoracic cavity, which includes your ribs and shoulder. The pinched nerve can radiate pain down to your wrist.
- Herniated disc – Your spinal cord is essentially the command center for the nerve endings throughout your body. A slipped or herniated disc, common after a car accident, can cause a condition known as cervical radiculopathy, which also refers pain to other parts of your body, including your wrists.
Chiropractic treatment is particularly effective for both of these conditions, as it relieves pressure on the affected nerves, alleviating the radiated or referred pain.
Accident Centers of Texas – Committed to Bringing You Back to Full Health
At Accident Centers of Texas, we use all the tools at our disposal to ensure your return to maximum health. We have eight convenient locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, from Dallas, Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, and Fort Worth to Arlington, Frisco, Irving, and Garland. Same-day appointments are almost always available. Based on the nature of your condition and your needs, you may be treated by one of our nurse practitioners, by a chiropractor, or by both.
When you have any illness or injury that requires medical care, we are available to meet with you Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For an appointment, call us at 214-974-4041 or contact us online.