Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain
Overuse, fractures and an underlying medical condition can all cause elbow, wrist or hand pain. You may not realize how important the elbow, wrist, and hand are until the pain impedes you from doing simple tasks like moving your wrist or picking up a fork. The pain can even prevent you from participating in sports or going to work. Be sure to see a physical therapist to help reduce your elbow, wrist or hand pain. Research has shown that physical therapy can help reduce or eliminate pain. Why suffer in pain or use over-the-counter meds to treat your pain, when a Nashua physical therapist can help you heal?
Common Issues Affecting the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects approximately 6 percent of adults. This symptom causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the hand. This syndrome is a result of a pinched nerve in your wrist. It can be caused by the positioning of your wrists while using the keyboard, prolonged exposure to the vibration of power tools, typing or playing the piano.
Tennis elbow results from overuse of the elbow from playing sports like tennis or racquetball. With overuse, there is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the elbow bones. Golfer’s elbow is an overuse injury like tennis elbow, but the pain is located at the inside of the elbow instead of the outer side.
There are different types of arthritis that can affect the joints in the elbow, wrist, and hand. Typically, there is pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis.