What causes elbow pain, wrist, and hand pain?
Injuries, overuse syndromes, and pain in the elbow, wrist, and hand are quite common and can make it difficult to use our upper extremities. These body parts can endure a lot of stress from repetitive activities like typing, using tools, lifting, or playing sports. Falls, car accidents, and other injuries can also damage the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding these areas, leading to weakness and instability. This can eventually cause chronic joint degeneration and arthritis, which is when the joints become swollen and painful.
One common condition in the elbow and wrist is tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons in these areas become inflamed due to repeated use. There are two types of tendonitis that often affect the elbow: tennis elbow, which causes pain on the outside of the elbow, and golfer’s elbow, which causes pain on the inside. Both are usually caused by overuse from work or sports activities. In the wrist and hand, tendonitis often develops around the thumb, especially if we do a lot of lifting or gripping.
Arthritis is another condition that can affect the elbow, wrists, and hands. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the joints to deteriorate over time. It is more common in older adults and can be a result of overuse and previous injuries. The base of the thumb is a common site for arthritis in the hand. It is more often seen in women but can happen to anyone who uses their hands extensively for work. Nerve injuries are also common in the upper extremities. Two common nerve problems caused by overuse are carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the wrist, and ulnar neuropathy, which affects the elbow.
When it comes to treatment options for elbow, wrist, or hand pain, there are various approaches that can be considered. These may include physical therapy, supplements to reduce inflammation and pain, and regenerative medicine including nerve hydrodissection, prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, and bone marrow stem cells. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in these conditions to determine the most suitable treatment plan for each individual case. Remember, early intervention and proper care can help manage the pain and restore function in our precious upper extremities.
At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for elbow, wrist, and hand pain. Our experienced team will evaluate your condition, consider your specific needs, and develop a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. We believe in a holistic approach that combines various therapies and techniques to address the root causes of your pain and promote healing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief for your elbow, wrist, or hand pain.
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
Understanding your elbow, wrists, and hand pain treatment and diagnosis
In cases of elbow, wrist, and hand pain, finding the right treatment approach is crucial for effective management. One common condition is tendonitis, which typically worsens with activity and improves with rest. Elbow tendonitis, for example, can cause pain that radiates towards the wrist. Another condition that affects these areas is arthritis, characterized by pain during both activity and rest, joint swelling, and weakness. Nerve involvement may also lead to additional symptoms like numbness, pins and needles sensations, and weakness.
When seeking treatment for elbow, wrist, and hand pain, it’s important to consult with a physical medicine specialist who can conduct a thorough history and evaluation. This comprehensive approach allows for the identification of all the contributing factors involved in your specific case. Specialized imaging techniques such as ultrasound scans, X-rays, and MRI scans can provide valuable insights into the structural aspects of the affected joints. Additionally, electrodiagnostic nerve studies can help assess nerve function. By evaluating both the structural and functional aspects of the surrounding joints and considering factors like diet and lifestyle, a tailored treatment strategy can be developed.
Treatment options for elbow, wrist, and hand pain may vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. They can range from conservative measures to more advanced interventions. Conservative approaches often include rest, activity modification, physical therapy, and the use of supplements to manage pain and inflammation. Orthotic devices, such as braces or splints, may also be recommended to provide support and promote healing.
In cases where conservative measures do not provide sufficient relief, more advanced interventions may be considered. These may include nerve hydrodissection to reduce neurogenic inflammation or regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and prolotherapy to promote tissue healing.
At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we are committed to delivering exceptional regenerative treatment, sports injury treatment, pain management and expert orthopedic care in Southwest Florida. Our team of compassionate therapists are dedicated to helping you achieve your rehabilitation goals and regain an active, pain-free lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have a centralized treatment center in Estero Florida so we can easily service Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida.
Non-surgical Treatment for Elbow Pain, Wrist, and Hand Pain in Southwest FL
Our Integrative Advantage is the most comprehensive treatment strategy for elbow pain, wrist, and hand pain in Southwest Florida. We combine multiple modalities that address all the contributing factors to provide the best results:
- Regenerative Medicine Injections such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Stem Cells, and Prolotherapy are used to decrease pain and stimulate healing
- Physical Therapy working 1 on 1 with a licensed physical therapist to strengthen and re-educate the muscles and nervous system for decreased pain and improve function
- Functional Medicine individualized dietary plans including an anti-inflammatory diet and nutritional supplements are used to improve health and support the healing process
- Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, promoting pain relief and relaxation
- Energy Modalities such as Laser therapy and PEMF are the wave of the future. They can safely and effectively stimulate healing and provide pain relief
Integrative Rehab Medicine: Southwest Florida regenerative medicine, pain management and orthopedic care.
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