What Causes Elbow, Wrist, or Hand Pain?
Injuries, overuse syndromes and pain of the upper extremities are common and can be quite disabling. The elbow, wrist and hand can get a lot of beating from repetitive activities such as typing, using power tools, lifting or sporting activities. Falls, car accidents and other injuries can disrupt the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. This creates weakness and instability that can lead to chronic joint degeneration and arthritis.
Tendonitis is a common condition in the elbow and wrist as these areas get plenty of wear and tear during daily activities. There are two common types of tendonitis in the elbow: tennis elbow on the outside and golfer’s elbow on the inside. Both are a result of overuse from work and sporting activities. In the wrist and hand, tendonitis often develops around the thumb with repetitive lifting or gripping activities.
Arthritis, a degenerative condition of the joint, can also develop in the elbow, wrists and hand. This is more common in mature adults and can be a result of overuse and injuries. The most common arthritis of the hand is that of the base of the thumb. It is more prevalent in women, but can occur in anyone who uses their hands for work. Nerve injuries are also common in the upper extremities. The most common overuse nerve syndromes are carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy.
Common Elbow, Wrist & Hand Conditions We Treat:
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
- Wrist and hand arthritis
- Instability and ligament sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Symptoms and Diagnosis
In the extremity overuse syndromes such as tendonitis, pain is typically increased with activity while rest can provide relief. Elbow tendonitis can refer to pain down towards the wrist. Arthritis of the extremity joints can present as pain with activity and rest as well as joint swelling and weakness. If nerves are involved, numbness, pins and needles and weakness can also be present.
Thorough history and evaluation by a physical medicine specialist should identify all the contributing factors involved. This may include ultrasound scan, X-ray, an MRI and electrodiagnostic nerve studies. Structural and functional evaluation of the surrounding joints and evaluation of diet and lifestyle factors are also beneficial when designing a treatment strategy.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain
At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we offer the best comprehensive treatment for your elbow, wrist and hand pain. Our Integrative Advantage is a team approach that addresses all the contributing factors, this can provide best results for your condition.
- Anti-inflammatory Diet with adequate nutrients to support the healing process along with natural anti-inflammatory supplements
- Energy Modalities such as low level laser and PEMF to further support tissue healing, decrease swelling and improve function
- Acupuncture to decrease pain and improve shoulder function
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