Elbow Wrist & Hand Pain
Upper Extremities Bothering You? Find Relief for Your Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pains Today
There are numerous reasons why you may experience pain in these parts of your body. Whether your pain is stemming from an injury, ailment, or some other underlying condition, ProActive Physiotherapy is here to help.
Your elbows, wrists, and hands are used thousands of times throughout the day. Just think about your typical morning routine: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work. In just that short amount of time, your elbows, wrists, and hands performed hundreds of different movements!
Physiotherapy and upper extremity pain
Whatever condition may be causing your upper extremity pain, ProActive Physiotherapy can help. Elbow physiotherapy is one of our advanced treatment methods. This treatment will reduce your pain and will increase your range of motion. You will get back to your normal life!
One of our Edmonton, AB physiotherapists will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the source of your pain and the severity of your condition. Afterward, our physiotherapist will construct a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.
This may include any combination of specialized treatments as our physiotherapist deems fit, such as targeted exercises and stretches, ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, ultrasound, or IASTM.
What’s causing my elbow, wrist, or hand pain?
Several joints, bones, muscles, and tendons make up your upper extremities. Because of their complex nature, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out where the pain is stemming from.
A few of the most common conditions leading to elbow, wrist, or hand pain include:
At the end of everyone’s elbow is a fluid-filled sac called the “bursa” that serves as a cushion to the elbow bone, also known as the “ulna.” Bursitis can occur when the bursa is compressed due to an injury or repetitive motion, resulting in pain and swelling. Because of this, it is common to see this condition in athletes and students. Elbow pain can be called many things, depending on what activity caused the pain. For example, a tennis player may refer to their elbow pain as “tennis elbow,” a golfer may call their elbow pain “golfer’s elbow,” and a student may say they have “student’s elbow.”
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Much like carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome is another common form of nerve damage that can lead to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It is caused by repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is located on the outside of your elbow and is commonly referred to as the “funny bone.”. If you put pressure on the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, it will cause tingling, numbness, and pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
The American Physiotherapy Association states that carpal tunnel syndrome impacts approximately 5% of all Americans. The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, as well as the tendons you use to bend your fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel becomes constricted or pinched. This can result in pain within the nerve that can extend throughout your entire arm. Repetitive job-related use (assembly-line work, keyboard-heave work, driving heavy machinery) will cause injury to your arm. This injury is known as a constricted carpal tunnel.
Arthritis is very common and affects approximately 53 million Americans. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the most common form of disability in the United States. There are many different forms of arthritis. but it is typically caused by repetitive motions or an injury that impacts the cartilage within the joints of your elbow, wrist, or hand.
Sprains and strains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can also result in pain.
Why do I have these symptoms?
Most upper extremity injuries result in short-term pain. Your pain is chronic if it lasts more than three months. Chronic pain may indicate a deeper issue that needs addressing.
Elbow, wrist, and hand pain may range from mild to severe, and it may come and go throughout the day. It is also common to feel a tingling or numb sensation, especially in the fingers. Depending on the severity of your condition or injury, it may also limit the way you perform your daily tasks at home and work.
If elbow, wrist, or hand pain is limiting your daily life, don’t hesitate to consult with one of our Edmonton, AB physiotherapists as soon as possible to find the relief you seek.
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