Elbow Wrist & Hand Pain

    Why Our Elbows, Wrists and Hands are Important

    When you think about it, we use our elbows, wrists and hands for many things during the day for just normal activities. We use our elbows, wrists and hands for driving, preparing food, dressing and much more. As a matter of fact, we rely on these upper extremities for daily living. If you’re experiencing pain in your elbows, wrists or hands, your daily function can become very limited.

  • Causes of Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain

    There are a number of causes for wrist and hand pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a type of hand nerve entrapment. It occurs in the wrists where a nerve and tendons extend from the forearm to the hand. Carpal tunnel causes pressure on the median nerve. Its symptoms include:

    • Pain, burning and numbness in the hand
    • Pain in the wrist, which can extend to the elbow
    • Swollen hand
    • Weakened grip and problems with lifting small items

    Cubital tunnel syndrome is a narrowing of the tissue in the elbow, which is comprised of the ulnar nerve. This nerve runs from the shoulder to the wrist. Its symptoms include:

    • Tingling and numbness in the ring and pinky fingers
    • Weakness in the hands
    • Pain in the hands and fingers

    elbow wrist and hand pain

  • elbow pain

    Elbow pain is often caused by overuse from sports and repetitive job tasks. Other common causes of elbow include are bursitis, dislocated elbow, golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis, sprains, strains, arthritis and tendinitis.

    Bursitis occurs when the small, fluid-filled sacs become inflamed. It’s the sacs that cushion the muscles, tendons and bones near the joints. It’s a painful condition. Osteoarthritis affects about 27 million people in America. It can affect the joints in the elbows, wrists and hands. The cartilage begins to wear away and bones rub against each other leading to pain when you have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative arthritis. Tendonitis is a swelling of a tendon. A tendon is a thick fibrous cord that connects muscle to bone. It’s most common in the elbows and wrists. Other names for tendonitis are tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, swimmer shoulder and pitcher’s shoulder.

  • Physical Therapy for Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain

    Physical therapy is effective for elbow, wrist and hand pain. As a matter of fact, it can help you avoid surgery. Often, a physical therapist will work in conjunction with your primary care doctor to identify the root cause of your pain. Strength and flexibility will also be assessed. After a full evaluation, a physical therapist will use therapeutic techniques to eliminate the pain. After that, the focus will be on building your range of motion. Exercises for strength will also be performed. Passive treatments may include ice therapy, heat therapy, massage therapy, laser therapy or electrical stimulation. The goal is to rid you of pain and improve function.

    If you’re suffering from elbow, wrist or hand pain, be sure to give us a call or make an appointment below. Our physical therapists are committed to helping you live a pain-free life.

"I suffered from wrist pain for about 2 years. I couldn’t even do a push-up. I had x-rays that showed no abnormalities and cortisone shots which only offered temporary relief. I had almost given up and accepted living with limited range and pain. I was referred to Rehab Dynamics, where they not only diagnosed the issue but treated with quicker results than expected. It’s been almost a year since I was released and I’m happy to say I am pain-free with no limitations. Results speak for themselves, but along with it came great people and relationships. Thank you!" -Vincent D.

Are You in Pain?

Is your pain making it difficult for you to concentrate?

Are you hoping it will just go away but it’s still hurting you?

If you answered “Yes” to any of those three questions, please contact us to make an appointment to see one of our qualified Physical Therapists. We will interview you, find out your problem, layout the customized plan for you and work with you personally.

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  • Covington: (985) 871-7878
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