Wrist and elbow pain can often be caused by overuse through playing sports or repetitive movements in the hand, wrist or elbow. We see many patients with injuries caused by playing tennis, golf and other throwing sports.
How a physiotherapist can help
At ALO Clinic our physiotherapists will assess your symptoms and pain, checking for inflammation and ease of movement.
We will then diagnose the cause of pain and discuss any contributing factors with you.
For each patient we see we create a specialised treatment programme called the Physio Plan of Care and will discuss this with you explaining how we will treat the problem and how often we will need to see you.
Treatment may include the following:
- Manual Therapy
- Tecar Therapy
- Rehabilitative exercises
Common causes of wrist & elbow pain
Tendonitis (sometimes caused by tennis elbow) happens when the tendon swells up and becomes painful. It is most often due to repetitive movements in the arm which cause stress and injury to the tendon.
Carpal Tunnel can causes a tingling or a numbing sensation in the fingers or hand. It is often caused by excess pressure to the wrist and to the median nerve, this causes swelling and inflammation in the wrist.
Golfer’s Elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow (as oppose to tennis elbow that occurs on the outside). It is not only limited to golfer’s however, it is often the result of a repetitive movement like the swing of a golf club. Much like the tennis elbow the symptoms are similar only in the inside of the arm and include pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and often effects the fingers. It causes the fingers to become stiff, painful and swollen over time making it difficult to perform daily tasks. Osteoarthritis can also effect other areas of the body such as the hips and knees.