Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain

Your arms, elbows, wrists and hands are important. They are involved in reaching, lifting, carrying and doing fine motor skills like gripping a book, typing on a computer and buttoning a shirt. Everything from your neck to your finger tips are interconnected and work as a unit. A task or injury that involves the neck, shoulder or arm can affect everything below it, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typing, writing and other repetitive movement  as well as lifting continue to be a threat for developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This debilitating syndrome is named for the tunnel surrounding the nerves connecting your wrist, hand and fingers. Overly stressing the median nerve at the wrist can lead to wrist achiness, hand pain and/or numbing of the fingers. Often, hormone fluctuations in women can put patients more at risk for CTS, so pregnant women, and women between the ages of 34-60, may be more likely to experience these injuries, especially if they have a computer/desk job.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical Therapy may help you avoid surgery. Postural training, workstation ergonomics, patient education and specific exercises (i.e. flexibility and strengthening) can decrease CTS pain and numbness, while easing inflammation and decreasing further pressure on the median nerve. One thing we do differently than other providers, is that we address problems higher up the chain like your neck and shoulder, which is commonly missed.

In addition, our dedicated team of Physical Therapists will show you specific stretches that you can do at your workstation so that you can prevent getting re-injured.


Additional Elbow, Wrist and Hand Conditions

  • Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow (Epicondylitis)
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Tendonitis Elbow, Forearm and Wrist
  • DeQuevain’s Disease
  • Ligamentous Sprains/Muscular Strains
  • Thoracic Out-Let/In-Let


How are these Conditions Treated?

The first step in dealing with hand, wrist or elbow pain is doing a comprehensive evaluation to detect the source of that pain. Our Physical Therapists will then put you on a specific plan of care based upon the location of your pain.

After your evaluation, our first priority is to educate you on your condition, diagnosis and prognosis. You will be taken through the four phases of the “Rehabilitation Cycle,” use therapeutic techniques for pain management, gain range of motion and flexibility, build strength and endurance and return to a functional state, so that you can resume the activities you enjoy in life. After your Physical Therapy course of treatment is over, you will be able to maintain a pain-free lifestyle.

When you are ready to get started, contact our office to set up an appointment to get yourself on the road to recovery. Our Physical Therapists will get you better, faster, so that you can focus on what is important to you.