Elbow And Wrist Pain

ELBOW AND WRIST PAIN

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. That is even before you got on the computer and or smartphone!

Not surprisingly the most common causes of elbow pain we see in our practice are caused by overuse.

Osteopathy elbow pain

Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylosis)

You don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow. It is caused by the repetitive movements and the gripping actions common in tennis hence the term ‘tennis’ elbow. However, it may also occur in other activities requiring repetitive gripping actions. Tennis elbow can therefore stem from daily activities such as using scissors, cutting meat, carrying grocery bags, gardening, manual work that involves repetitive turning or lifting of the wrist, such as plumbing, or bricklaying and typing. With Tennis Elbow, your pain will present on the outside of your elbow.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylosis)

Again, you don’t have to be a golfer to suffer from “golfers elbow” .

With Golfer’s Elbow, your pain will present on the inside of your elbow and activities requiring you to pull your wrist down will flare your symptoms.

We’ve had great success helping people with both conditions using Shockwave therapy , activity modification and customised exercise program.

Wrist Sprain/Strain

Usually caused by a minor trauma (fall) or sudden compressive force (landing from a push ups with a hand clap) . Most

Referred Pain

It is important to remember that pain in the elbow and wrist can be referred from the neck and shoulder. Very often people don’t have any discomfort in their neck and are convinced that the pain is in their elbow. Your Osteopath will performe proper orthopaedic testing to find the source of the problem.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of repetitive strain injury (RSI) and is the result of damage to soft tissues (e.g. tendons) and sometimes bones in the wrist which causes inflammation and swelling in a very restricted area. This swelling creates pressure on the median nerve in your wrist which may result in pain, tingling and numbness in your hand, wrist and also your thumb and fingers.

Arthritis

The thumb joint is the most common are of Osteoarthritis.However, every joint can be effected.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect wrist and fingers and is usually affecting both hands at the same time.

How could we help you?

We first target your pain and inflammation through various manual techniques including, but not limited to, Shockwave therapy, instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization and manual releases of musculature. After we have decreased your pain, treatment sessions will focus more-so on regaining any strength and/or mobility that was lost as a result of your injury through manual stretching techniques and exercises. Education and activity modifications will be crucial to long term success.

Not sure where to start? Contact us to arrange an appointment. We are here to help!