Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain Relief
Find Relief for Your Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pain with Physical Therapy
Reclaim Your Life by Finding Relief for Your Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pain
Throughout the day, you regularly use your elbows, wrists, and hands, but nothing can make you know how much you use them to feel the aches and pains inside them. You get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get ready, make breakfast, and start commuting to work. Just picture your average morning. You have already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times at this stage, and you are only at the start of your day!
It can adversely affect your quality of life, whether you are feeling discomfort due to an accident, ailment, or any other underlying illness. Luckily, by consulting with a certified San Jose, CA physical therapist at Pace Physical Therapy, you can find relief or even achieve a complete recovery.
How did my elbow, wrist, and hand pain occur?
A few of the more common conditions mentioned below may be the culprit for the pain you feel in your elbow, wrist or hand:
Elbow, wrist, or hand strains and sprains may result in pain. Strains refer to injuries to the muscles or tendons, while sprains refer more to the ligaments that connect bone to bone. Usually, these injuries result from rapid ligament or tendon overstretching, such as a fall on an outstretched arm, or catching something large.
A very common condition that affects approximately 53 million Americans is arthritis. It is in fact, the most common type of disability in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. There are several different causes of arthritis, but it is commonly caused by repeated movements or an injury in the elbow, wrist, or hand joints that damages the cartilage. Physical therapy helps to enhance the movement of the joint, minimize inflammation and reinforce the supporting muscles around it.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, carpal tunnel syndrome affects nearly 5 percent of all Americans. In addition to the tendons you use to bend the fingers, the key role of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist. However it is possible to constrict this tunnel, and nerve compression will occur when it does, leading to a number of symptoms, such as numbness and tingling of the thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers. Furthermore, pain in the elbow, hand, and swelling of the hand and fingers may also be likely. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) may be caused by an accident or repetitive work-related use, such as assembly line work, heavy keyboard work, or heavy machinery driving.
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Another common form of nerve compression damage that can lead to pain in the elbow, wrist, and hand is cubital tunnel syndrome. It is caused by constant pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is located inside the elbow and is known as your “funny bone.” It can cause pain, numbness and tingling when pressure is placed on the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, especially on the ring and pinky fingers.
- Elbow Bursitis
A fluid-filled sac called the “bursa” at the end of the elbow acts as a support for the elbow bone, or “ulna.” It may lead to discomfort and swelling when the bursa is squeezed due to an injury or repetitive motion. It is normal to see this disorder in athletes and students because of this.
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis elbow refers to pain on the hand or outside of the elbow, while pain on the medial or inside of the elbow refers to the elbow of the golfer. All of these injuries are a result of injuries of frequent use and can be attributed not only to the sports they are named for, but to a number of different activities. For any of these conditions, physical therapy is the ideal remedy because it restores the underlying limitations of the joints and soft tissues that cause tendon strain.
Contact Pace Physical Therapy in San Jose, CA as soon as possible to request an appointment if you are having any of the symptoms triggered by the above conditions, or if you have constant pain that will not seem to go away.
Common symptoms relating to elbow, wrist, and hand pain:
Typically short-term pain in the elbow, wrist, or hand results from an accident, but long-term chronic pain may signify disease or other factors underlying it. You may consider your level of pain to be between moderate and extreme, and it may also be sporadic, meaning that during the day it comes and goes at various points.
Numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially in the fingers, may be other symptoms that accompany the pain. Depending on the nature of your illness, this can make it difficult for you to physically function in a range that is common for you, causing difficulties with work or performing daily tasks.
Finding relief for your elbow, wrist or hand pain:
Physical therapy may assist you, whatever the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand discomfort might be. At Pace Physical Therapy, our innovative therapies will help ease your discomfort, restore your range of motion, and get you back to living your normal life. Physical therapy treatments will also help you reduce the need for unnecessary painkillers or intrusive nerve-damaging surgical procedures such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in certain instances.
A customized care plan specific to the particular needs of your condition will be established by our physical therapists. This can include any combination of advanced therapies such as physical therapy, modalities to relieve pain and inflammation, and complex therapeutic exercises to regain strength and pain-free movement.
Don’t let your quality of life be diminished by elbow, wrist, or hand pain any longer! If you are looking for a San Jose, CA physical therapist, contact Pace Physical Therapy today to make an appointment and meet with one of our committed team members. We would be delighted to get you back to the safe and physically active life that you deserve!