You use your elbows, wrists, and hands constantly throughout the day – but nothing will make you realize just how much you use them like feeling the aches and pains within them. Just imagine your typical morning: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work. At this point, you’ve already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times – and you’re still at the beginning of your day!
Whether you’re experiencing pain due to an injury or some other underlying condition, it can greatly impact your quality of life. Fortunately, you can find relief or even experience a full recovery by working with a licensed physiotherapist at Prestige Physiotherapy.
Listed below are a few of the most common conditions that may be the cause for the pain you are feeling in your elbow, wrist or hand:
Strains and sprains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can result in pain. Strains refer to muscle or tendon injuries, whereas sprains refer more to the ligaments, which connect bone to bone. These injuries typically occur from quick over-stretching of the ligaments or tendons, such as a fall on an outstretched arm, or catching something heavy.
Arthritis is a very common condition that affects over 6 million Canadians. There are many different forms of arthritis, but it is typically caused by repetitive motions or an injury that impacts the cartilage in the joints of the elbow, wrist, or hand. Physiotherapy helps to improve joint motion, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the surrounding supportive muscles.
3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, in addition to the tendons you use to bend the fingers. However, it is possible for this tunnel to become constricted, and when it does, nerve compression can result, leading to a variety of symptoms, such as numbness and tingling to the thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers. In addition, pain to the wrist, hand, as well as swelling to the hand and fingers, is even possible. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be caused by an injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work, keyboard-heavy work, or driving heavy machinery.
4. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome:
Cubital tunnel syndrome is another common form of nerve compression damage that can lead to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It is caused by repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is located inside of the elbow and is known as your “funny bone.” When pressure is put on the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling, especially to the ring and pinky fingers.
At the end of the elbow is a fluid-filled sac called the “bursa” that serves as a cushion to the elbow bone, or “ulna.” When that bursa is compressed due to an injury or repetitive motion, it can lead to pain and swelling. Because of this, it is common to see this condition in athletes and students.
6. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis elbow refers to pain on the outer aspect of the elbow, whereas golfer’s elbow refers to pain on the inner aspect of the elbow. Both of these injuries are a result of repetitive use injuries and can be attributed to a variety of different tasks, not just the sports they are named after. Physiotherapy is the best treatment for either of these conditions, because it restores the underlying joint and soft tissue limitations, that are causing strain to the tendons, and reduces the inflammation quite rapidly.
Whatever the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain may be, physiotherapy can help you. Our advanced treatments at Prestige Physiotherapy can help relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and get you back to living your normal life. In many cases, physiotherapy treatments can even help you eliminate the need for harmful painkillers or invasive surgical procedures for nerve-damaging conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Our physiotherapists will create a personalized treatment plan unique to the specific needs of your condition. This may include any combination of specialized treatments, such as manual therapy, pain, and inflammation-reducing modalities, IMS/Dry Needling and specific therapeutic exercises to restore strength and pain-free motion.
Don’t let elbow, wrist, or hand pain reduce your quality of life any longer! Call us today to book an appointment and to meet with one of our dedicated team members. We will be happy to get you back to living the healthy and physically active life you deserve!