Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain
About Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain
Elbow, wrist and hand pains are very commonly seen by our Osteopaths and Physiotherapists. In our modern society with high levels of computer and phone use, elbow, wrist and forearm injuries are increasing in frequency.
The hand is made up of many small bones that join with the two forearm bones (radius and ulnar), which then join with the arm bone (humerus) to form the Elbow.
The forearm consists of an even larger number of muscles that control part of the elbow, hand, fingers, thumb and wrist. These muscles and their tendon attachments to the bones can become inflamed causing tendonitis, due to overuse from computer work or time on the phone, or from being injured in sports like tennis, badminton, golf and table tennis.
Untreated hand, wrist and elbow conditions can become chronic and affect the upper arm, shoulder and neck, even causing headaches.
Common Injuries of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
> Tennis elbow
> Golfer’s elbow
> Carpal tunnel syndrome
> Stress fracture
> De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
How do I know if my Elbow Bone Pain is serious?
Some signs that your elbow pain may be due to a more serious issue are if the pain in your elbow is intense, if there is swelling and bruising that does not go away with rest, then it is advisable you should seek professional help.
Some of the more serious conditions that can affect the elbow are:
- Fracture of the bone
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Elbow, Wrist or Hand Joint Pain Treatment
Osteopathy and Physiotherapy aim to improve function and mobility of the joints.
Treatment will include soft tissue mobilisation, stretching, joint articulation and exercises to the local joint and other areas of the body that may be contributing, such as the shoulder, neck and mid back, in order to increase range of motion, reduce pain, encourage the muscles to lengthen, reduce tension and pull on the bone.
Symptoms of tendonitis in the elbow can range from a dull ache to sharp pain on the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the elbow. The pain can radiate down the forearm and the pain will usually get worse when you move the arm. There can be swelling, heat and redness over the area.