Wrist Drop

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Wrist Drop

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What is Wrist Drop?

A wrist drop is a deformity that involves the inability of the wrist and fingers to extend. The metacarpophalangeal joints are pulled forward, causing the hand to droop. Wrist drops can be caused by injury or arthritis.

This deformity can occur when the bones of the wrist are not aligned properly. The arm is also unable to straighten out or extend fully.

The cause of this deformity is usually genetic, although it can be caused by trauma, such as breaking a bone or having an injury that causes a dislocation of the joint.

What are the types of Wrist Drop?

There are two types of Wrist Drop:

  • Radial Deviation – the thumb and fingers are unable to extend. This is the most common type of Wrist Drop.
  • Ulnar Deviation – the thumb and fingers can be extended, but they cannot fully flex (bend) against resistance.

What are the causes of Wrist Drop?

The cause of wrist drop is usually an injury or damage to the nerve that controls extension in the wrist and fingers. The most common cause of wrist drop is a fracture of one or more of the bones in the forearm (radius and ulna). A fracture can result in damage to nerves as well as muscle spasms and stiffness in muscles around the elbow.

Other causes of wrist drop include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Radial nerve palsy associated with pregnancy
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

What are the symptoms of Wrist Drop?

The symptoms of wrist drop include:

  • A deformity in which the thumb cannot be lifted above the level of the wrist
  • Weakness in the hand, making it difficult to perform tasks such as grasping objects or holding a pen or pencil
  • A weak, clumsy or numb feeling in your hand and fingers
  • A loss of strength in one or both hands and wrists
  • A loss of sensation (being unable to feel things) in one or both hands and wrists
  • An inability to move your thumb up and down when gripping something

What are the risk factors for Wrist Drop?

Wrist drop is a condition in which the hand droops downward. It can happen to anyone, but it’s most common in people who are elderly or have diabetes.

There are several risk factors for wrist drop, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Damage to the brachial plexus or peripheral nerves

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Wrist Drop?

Wrist Drop is a common injury among athletes, especially those who participate in gymnastics or other sports that involve a lot of wrist-flipping. The most common exercises for Wrist Drop are:

Wrist Flexion Stretch – using a strap, hold your arms straight out in front of you and pull them back toward your chest. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat five times.

Wrist Extension Stretch – with your arms straight out in front of you and palms facing up, bend your wrists back until they touch the floor behind you. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat five times.

Wrist Supination – with one arm at a time, turn your palms inward as far as they will go while keeping your elbow bent 90 degrees. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat five times.

What are the treatments for Wrist Drop?

The treatment of wrist drop can be broken down into two categories: conservative, or non-surgical, and surgical.

Conservative treatments include splinting the wrist in a wrist drop position, which can help to maintain muscle tone and prevent further atrophy. Physical therapy is also an option for those who want to keep their wrist mobile but aren’t ready for surgery.

Surgical options include decompression of the ulnar nerve using open surgical procedures like carpal tunnel release or endoscopic surgery.

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What brace is used for Wrist Drop?

The radial nerve palsy splint is designed to treat wrist drop, which is a condition where the hand hangs limply at the wrist. The splint acts as a support to keep the hand up and prevent it from dropping down. This helps with symptoms of numbness or tingling in the thumb and fingers, as well as pain.

It can be worn on either arm but should not be worn on both arms at the same time. It is important that you wear it only when needed, and that you follow your doctor’s instructions regarding its use carefully.

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