You use your elbows, wrists, and hands numerous times throughout the day – and nothing will make you realize how often they’re used quite like feeling aches and pains in 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 just getting your day started!
There are several reasons why you may be experiencing pain, whether it’s an injury, ailment, or some sort of other underlying condition. Whatever the case may be, the pain can greatly impact your daily life. If you’re losing sleep and having a hard time with daily tasks, get the relief by scheduling an appointment with our physical therapy team today.
Elbow, wrist, or hand pain can take several forms: from a dull, throbbing ache that immobilizes your elbow, to sharp, shooting pains in your wrist, to pins, needles, and numbness in your hand and fingers. These structures are complex and intricate, and pain can happen due to a sudden injury, or from repetitive, un-ergonomic motions that gradually cause inflammation in joints and soft tissues, leading to pinched nerves.
You can get a proper diagnosis from your physical therapist to pinpoint the reason behind your pain, and work together to create a personalized treatment plan.
If you sustain an injury to your elbow, wrist, or hand, it is likely that it’ll result in short-term pain. However, any pain that lingers for two months or longer may be an indication of a more serious condition. Pain sustained from an injury may range from mild and severe, and it may also be intermittent, meaning it comes and goes at different points throughout the day.
There are a vast variety of muscles, tendons, bones, and joints that make up your upper extremities. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine exactly where your elbow, wrist, or hand pain is stemming from. Some of the most common conditions that result in this type of pain include:
Both occupational and physical therapy can help treat whatever may be causing your elbow, wrist, or hand pain. Depending on the type of injury and what it’s affecting will determine which route will be best for you. In many cases, our services have even helped eliminate the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgical corrections for nerve-damaging conditions, such as CTS.
Your physical or occupational therapist will fully examine your hand, wrist, and elbow and review your medical records. With a full understanding of your condition, your physical therapist can then design a physical therapy plan, complete with anti-inflammatory treatments, exercises, stretches, and ergonomic adaptations designed to speed your recovery, improve strength and range of motion, and help you resume a normal activity level without pain.
Your treatment plan may incorporate any combination of specialized treatments, including but not limited to ice and heat therapies, targeted stretches, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, IASTM, or ultrasound.