The wrist joint is made up of the two bones of the forearm (ulna and radius) and the first row of bones of the hand. The joint is held together by a number of ligaments which provide stability. The muscles of the forearm produce movement at the wrist joint. The joint is frequently injured as a result of falling on a outstretched arm.
- Always warm up/cool down and stretch thoroughly before taking part in any physical or sporting activity in order to reduce the risk of injury.
- Try to avoid long periods of repetitive movements of the wrist in order to reduce the risk of developing an overuse injury.
- For office workers, when seated at your desk, elbows should be bent to a right angle so that your forearms are at or slightly above the level of the desk.
- Try to make use of any manual handling aids lifts, hoists rather than attempting to lift or move heavy objects with your hands.