Why would my father's wrist get tight and pull in after he broke it a while ago?
When a wrist begins to flex, or bend inwards towards the body, this is often caused by a tightness in the tendons that are pulling the hand downward. If this isn't stopped early enough, the bend in the wrist can become quite extreme, causing pain and limiting the function of the wrist.
If the wrist seems to be pulling the hand down, it's important to have this evaluated by a doctor and physiotherapist to try to limit the flexion. If, however, the flexion has progressed, physiotherapy or splinting may help return the wrist to a more normal position.
Mike S. McGrath, MD, et al. Evaluation of Static Progressive Stretch for the Treatment of Wrist Stiffness. n The Journal of Hand Surgery. November 2008. Vol. 33. No. 9. Pp. 1498-1504.
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