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wristlessinseattle posted:
I have significant burning sensation in my wrists after a fall. I am also experiencing radiating pain from the wrist into the shoulder. The doctor said I have C7/T1 irritation and will go from a CT/Fluroscopy/Cortisone treatment there. I also have bicept tendonitis in my shoulder and what looks to be De Quervain's Disease in my wrists. I have no idea what to do to sort this mess out. I am currently using wrist splints, Gabapentin cream and oral 1200 mg on an uptitration. The pain specialist is not sure about the wrists and referring me to an orthopedic surgeon. This feels like an uphill battle and perhaps an acceptance of disability. I don't know what they are going to do about my wrists and I would like to know. No x-rays to date, but lots of pain. Any ideas.

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Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS responded:
It sounds like you have a number of issues to deal with at this time. However, often they can be interrelated and a physical therapist can assist you with the above-mentioned. You can go to and then under Find-a-PT search for PTs specializing in orthopaedics and/or neurology.

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Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS responded:
Any time that someone falls, there is a chance of more than one problem to occur. It sounds like this has happened to you. The stresses of a fall can seem to migrate depending on the biomechanics of how you fell. For example, if you fell on an outstretched arm, then the stress can travel from the wrist to the shoulder and neck.

Both the good news and the bad news can be that everything is connected. If you start to work on the neck and upper back, this can take some of the pressure off the C7-T1 nerves, which can in turn make your wrists and arm feel better.

It may sound complicated. However, if you see a physical therapist, then s/he can help you to sort it out and prioritize your treatment, along with the Orthopaedic surgeon, so that you can start to feel better.

You can go to and search under Find-a-PT for the names of PTs in your area.

Just take it one day at a time.

Dr. Wilmarth

wristlessinseattle replied to Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS's response:
Good news..I went to pain specialist and he is going to do a cortisone injection in my C7/T1 Vertebrae. Also, I think my wrists are improving. I am not sure why they hurt but you could be right that it was referred pain from the Brachial Plexus Nerves. Hard to say. There was some localized pain in my right wrist but it seems to have gone away.

There is not much talk in the literature about Stinger Burner Syndrome, but I suspect that is what I have been dealing with in part. Any thoughts on that condition?
Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS replied to wristlessinseattle's response:
I am glad that you are getting some treatment and that things are improving. That is good news!

Stinger/Burner Syndrome can occur anytime there is some type of elongation between the head and the shoulder. It is frequently seen in football or wrestling, but it can also occur with any type of trauma.

It also depends on your anatomical makeup, that is, how vertebrae are aligned, etc. There can be reasons why one person may be more susceptible than another.

The important thing is to give it some time and also to see a physical therapist who can help you with your flexibility, strength and biomechanics to get you back to optimal functioning.

Dr. Wilmarth

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