ELBOW, WRIST & HAND PAIN
Do you remember the time when you were not having pain in your hands, wrists, or elbow? Do you know exactly how you injured yourself and when the pain began, or do it come on without warning? Below are some of the common causes of hand, wrist, and elbow pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –
Your carpal tunnel is the narrow channel located on your wrist under the palm. Its purpose is to protect the median nerve and tendons you use to bend your fingers. When excessive pressure is put on the median nerve, it causes crowding and irritation of the carpal tunnel, which leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition causes numbness, stiffness, or pain that can radiate through your fingers, hands, wrists, or forearms. At Pro-X Physical Therapy, we will safely and comfortably treat your carpal tunnel symptoms so you can avoid surgery.
Fractures in the wrist and forearm area are common injuries associated with falls, as the natural response is to try and catch yourself. During the healing phase, typically while in a cast or after surgery, the fingers, wrist, and elbow become very stiff, and range of motion and strength can be lost.
Tendinitis is known as an “overuse injury,” because it develops over time. It can occur when tendons become inflamed, resulting in swelling and pain, especially with movement of the affected area.
Nerve injuries –
If you injured one of the nerves that run through your elbow, forearm, wrist, or hand, you may be experiencing numbness, tingling, or loss of temperature sensations. In severe cases, muscle function is altered and paralysis can occur. Nerve injuries are usually caused by overuse and result in swelling, which inhibits proper circulation, affecting the ability of the nerve to function properly.
Tennis elbow –
Tennis elbow is a common term for lateral (outside) epicondylitis. It happens with repetitive tasks that often involve gripping and extending the wrist such as when holding a tennis racket, paintbrush, or hammer. Severe tenderness will be present around the outside of your elbow and can cause pain with gripping objects, lifting objects, and twisting of the forearm.
Golfer’s below –
Golfer’s elbow is a general term for medial (inside) epicondylitis. It is similar to tennis elbow, except your pain is on the inside of the elbow. This injury is caused by overuse of the muscles that flex your wrist and fingers and overuse results in irritation.
Sprain / Strain –
Sprains and strains are very common in the hand, wrist, and elbow and can occur from a quick overstretching of the tissues. This overstretching can cause a tear, which then triggers swelling, causing pain and challenges in movement.
You may see your pain described above, or you may be having a different experience. Regardless, our physical therapists can get to the root cause of your pain, provide treatment options and get you on your way to living without the pain that is hindering your life.
How Can Physical Therapy Relieve Elbow, Wrist, And Hand Pain?
Physical therapy is very successful in reducing hand, wrist, and elbow pain.
Our physical therapists are experts in movement and joint disorders, and they can treat your symptoms while also figuring out what is causing your discomfort!
Our hands-on therapy serves to soothe and improve circulation while stimulating nerves to restore normal function. The advanced treatment options available can help to relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and get you back to living your life normally. Physical therapy can even help to reduce or even eliminate the need for expensive and invasive surgical procedures and harmful medications.