Ayurvedic treatment for Wrist Pain

Wrist Pain

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
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  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Wrist Pain Ayurvedic treatment

Wrist pain is any pain or discomfort in the wrist.1

Your wrist is made up of eight small bones which support a tube that contains tendons and a nerve inside it. The tube is covered by a ligament, which helps hold everything in place.2Image result for wrist tendon ligament carpal

This is one of the most common joint pains that people get as repetitive motion of your wrist can be more damaging than people realise. Wrist pain with bruising and swelling can be a sign of injury.2

According to Ayurveda, aggravation of

Vata dosha

results in compression of the wrist nerve leading to wrist pain. Hence, management of aggravated

Vata Dosha

is considered as the main line of treatment for such kind of pain, which includes the

Vatahara

diet, along with

yoga

and exercises.3

Causes

Wrist Pain
  • Carpal tunnel disorder:This is a common cause of wrist pain which occurs when the median nerve gets compressed at the wrist because of swelling. This is the nerve in the wrist that allows feeling and movement to parts of the hand.
  • Injury: Wrist pain with bruising and swelling is often a sign of an injury. Signs of a possible broken bone include deformed joints and inability to move the wrist, hand, or a finger.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis, which is painful swelling and stiffness of joints, is another common cause of wrist pain.
  • Gout: This occurs when your body produces too much uric acid, a waste product. The uric acid forms crystals in the joints, rather than being excreted in the urine.

One of the most common causes of wrist fractures and wrist pain, as mentioned in Ayurveda, is osteoporosis, commonly known as ‘porous or weak bones’ or Asthi Sausirya, caused due to aging and deficiency of calcium.

Osteoporosis is 'Dhatu ksaya' condition in Ayurveda, where bones gradually become brittle and fragile with age.  The most affected joints are the wrist and hip joints.

Symptoms

Wrist Pain

Common symtoms of wrist pain include:

  • Aching, burning, numbness, or tingling in your palm, wrist, thumb, or fingers
  • Often a pins & needles - like pricking feeling
  • Difficulty in holding or grasping things due to weak thumb muscles
  • Bruising or swelling on wrist

Diagnosis

Wrist Pain

Your doctor may physically examine you to:

  • Check your wrist for soreness, swelling or deformity
  • Check your wrist for movement to see if your range of motion has been decreased
  • Assess your grip strength and forearm strength

In some cases, your doctor may suggest imaging tests, or nerve tests.

  • X-rays.This is the most commonly used test for wrist pain. Using a small amount of radiation, X-rays can reveal bone fractures, as well as signs of arthritis.
  • CT scan: This scan can provide more-detailed views of the bones in your wrist and may help find fractures that don't show up on X-rays.
  • MRI scanThis test uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce detailed images of your bones and soft tissues. For a wrist MRI, you may be able to insert your arm into a smaller device instead of whole-body MRI machine.
  • Ultrasound: This simple, non-invasive test can help visualize tendons, ligaments and any abnormal growth.

Management

Wrist Pain

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing and preventing wrist pain through a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.5,4,6,7

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

Healthy dietary regimen can help in balancing aggravated Vata dosha and prevent painful wrists. This includes:3,4

  • Pulses: Black gram, wheat, barley.
  • Vegetables: Sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds as good sources of omega-3 fatty acids which reduce swelling and redness in muscles.
  • Dairy: milk and milk products as sources of Calcium
  • Fruits: Banana, pear, apple and other fruits rich in Calcium.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

Exercise and Yogasanas can help in rebuilding muscle agility and reducing pain. However, these practices are more preventing pain rather than curing it. They should not be performed when the joint pain is severe.5,6

Wrist exercise:

Manibandha naman (wrist bending) Manibandha chakra (wrist joint rotation)

 

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Dandasana Urdhva hastasana Bharadvajasana

FAQS

Wrist Pain
  1. Can Ayurveda treat foot pain?

In Ayurveda, foot care is considered very important since it is known to benefit the entire body and nervous system in a holistic manner. There are certain points in our body called marma or vital points, where our vital energies are concentrated. Feet and ankles also have these vital points, which if not taken care of, can cause problems like chronic pain in the ankles, pain and swelling in feet, etc. Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing ankle pain with a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.

  1. What kind of diet and exercises will be helpful in reducing neck pain?

To reduce neck pain, Ayurveda suggests following diet and exercises:

  • Take lots of fruits, green vegetable salads and sprouts.
  • Good hydration will help retain neck health.
  • Avoid refined foods and junk foods.
  • Milk is an important source of Calcium and can help maintain healthy bones.
  • Vitamin C in citrus fruits will help the healing process.
  • Honey in warm water or herbal teas are good for cleansing the bowels and this will help relieve many backaches that are due to constipation.

Pranayama (breathing exercises) is a powerful way to promote relaxation and a pivotal first step towards relieving muscle tension. Slow, deep breathing & relaxation can stimulate a sense of calmness and cause reduction in pain.

Yoga Asanas are also beneficial in maintaining neck and overall health

Balasana                                       Marjaryasana                                 Bhujangasana              

  1. I have knee pain. What could be the reasons for it?

Knee pain can have different causes. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for knee problems. Overusing your knee can trigger knee problems that cause pain. If you have a history of arthritis (swelling of knee joint), it could also cause knee pain.

Medical conditions that can cause knee pain are

  • Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout
  • Infection in the knees / knee joint
  • Injuries – fracture, dislocation, sprained knees etc.
  • Cancer
  1. What can I do to reduce my knee pain?

Ayurveda suggests following diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce knee pain.

Include more foods containing

  • Pulses: Black gram, green gram
  • Vegetables & spices: Onion, garlic, sesame seeds, ginger, radish, ladies finger, pumpkin
  • Fruits: pomegranate, mango, grapes
  • Oils: Ghee

Ayurveda recommends regular, slow and gentle exercises with adequate rest to knee joints. Regular Pranayama and Yoga Nidra is also recommended.

  • Avoid prolonged walking, standing, kneeling and squatting and crossed leg sitting.
  • Yoga asanas: Makarasana, Pavanamuktasana, Dhanurasana, Vakrasana
  1. I have tingling pain in the legs. Is it sciatica?

Sciatic pain most often occurs on one side of leg or hip. Symptoms of sciatica pain can vary widely as mentioned below:

  • Mild tingling
  • Dull aching that radiates from buttock to back of whole leg
  • Burning sensation
  • Inability to move leg when pain becomes severe

The pain often starts slowly and may get worse:

  • After standing or sitting
  • At night
  • When sneezing, coughing, or laughing
  1. What diet is effective in reducing the sciatica pain?

A healthy diet for controlling sciatica pain is for balancing Vata dosha and includes:

  • Grains: Rice, cooked oatmeal, whole wheat and whole grain breads (toasted)
  • Pulses: Yellow split mung beans (green skin removed), whole mung beans, red lentils and tofu
  • Vegetables: : Zucchini, asparagus, carrot, beets, sweet potatoes, cucumber, lady finger, parsley, green peas, fennel, spinach in small amounts and cooked coconut. All should be cooked well so they are soft.
  • Spices: Cumin, ginger, mustard seeds, ajwain, celery seeds, fenugreek, coriander, bay leaves, basil, saffron, hing (asafoetida), cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, fennel, black pepper (in small amounts)
  • Fruits: All ripe, sweet, and juicy fruits. Sweet grapes, banana, melons, plums, cherries, mango, papaya, pomegranate, sweet pineapples, raisins, sweet oranges, dates and figs, avocado, apples and pears.
  • Oils: Ghee or organic olive oil
  • Sweeteners: Honey, jaggery, date sugar
  1. I frequently get gas pain. What food types are good for me?

Following foods are good to help relieve gas pain:

  • Grains: Whole wheat thick flat bread or chapati, millet & sorghum bhakri, unpolished rice
  • Pulses: Chickpea, Tur dal, Masoor Moong
  • Vegetables: Carrots, Radish, Lauki, potatoes, white gourd, spiny gourd, , cucumber, ajwain, guar bean, eggplant, amaranth, cabbage, spinach, coriander seeds and leaves, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green chillies, lady finger
  • Fruits: , pears, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, oranges, unripe bananas, water chestnut, dry fruits – almonds, walnuts, peanuts, dry dates, apples, grapes etc.
  • Oils: Ghee, coconut oil in small quantities
  • Ginger, cumin, coriander should be preffered in spices.
  1. What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Trigeminal nerve (TN) pain is a nerve condition that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.

It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, brushing etc. can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away. TN pain usually affects women and people above 50 years of age.

Ayurveda describes 11 types of shiro rogas (headaches), among which trigeminal nerve type of pain is called ‘Ardhavabhedaka’. It happens when aggravated doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) press on the neck and throat producing a powerful burning sensation, out of which comes excruciating pain. This pain ultimately affects the eyes, eyebrows and temples.

  1. How can Ayurveda help in relieving stomach pain?

Ayurveda describes a comprehensive approach towards managing stomach pain- the most commonly diagnosed conditions being constipation (Vibandha) and indigestion (Ajirna)

Constipation is used to indicate fewer bowel movements, hard stools, painful defection and feeling of bloating, abdominal pain or incomplete elimination.

Indigestion, on the other hand, is an abnormality that occurs in digesting food or lack of proper digestion resulting in stomach pain, burping or flatulance (abdominal gas).

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing & preventing different stomach pains by practising a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime

Corrective Ahar for both constipation & indigestion includes:

Grains: Wheat, unpolished rice, barley

  • Pulses: Green gram, chickpeas, course corn, Toor dal, moong, masura lentils, Vegetables/Spices: Garlic, Asafetida, long pepper, sunthi (dry ginger), green leafy vegetables, cucumber, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, cabbage, dates, betel nut, turmeric
  • Fruits: High fibre fruits such as apples, pears, papaya, grapes, amala, haritaki
  • Oils: Ghee

Exercise: Regular exercise, meditation and practice of asanas purifies the blood, improves the appetite, increases the will power and makes the patient physically active. The whole alimentary canal improves and becomes regular.

Yoga Asanas: Vajrasana (after every meal), Kurmasana, Vakrasana, Katichakrasana

Pranayama: Surya anulom viloma, deep relaxation technique

  1. What is myofasial pain?

Myofascial pain disorder (MPS) refers to pain and swelling in the body's soft tissues or muscles. Myofascial pain is a long-term, painful condition that affects the connective tissue that cover the muscles. It is considered as a type of muscular pain (fibromyalgia) which happens at specific areas on the body.

Myofascial pain might involve either a single muscle or an entire muscle group. In some cases, the area where you experience the pain might not be where the myofascial pain is generated. The actual location of the injury leads to the development of a trigger point, which in turn causes pain in other areas. This is known as referred pain

References

Wrist Pain
  1.  Wrist Pain. MedLine Plus. 2015. [Cited 2016 August 30]. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003175.htm
  2.  Wrist Injuries and Disorders. MedLine Plus. [Cited 2016 August 30]. https://medlineplus.gov/wristinjuriesanddisorders.html
  3. Shekhar SJ, Rai AK. Carpal tunnel syndrome–the painful tunnel. Available at: http://www.ayurlog.com/Archive/january_march/ssac/201502S032.pdf
  4. Srikanth N. Ayurvedic Management of Select Geriatric Disease Condition. CCRAS New Delhi. 2011.
  5. Wrist Pain. Tests & Diagnosis. Mayo Clinic Staff. [Cited 2016 August 30]. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrist-pain/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20031860
  6. Garfinkel MS, Singhal A, Katz WA, Allan DA, Reshetar R, Schumacher Jr HR. Yoga-based intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized trial. Jama. 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1601-3.
  7. Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: http://sriyogapeeth.com/ebooks/swami-satyananda-saraswati---asana-pranayama-mudra-bandha.pdf

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