There are numerous reasons why you may experience pain in these parts of your body. Whether your pain is stemming from an injury, ailment, or some other underlying condition, Amped Physiotherapy is here to help.
Your elbows, wrists, and hands are used thousands of times throughout the day. Just think about your typical morning routine: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work. In just that short amount of time, your elbows, wrists, and hands performed hundreds of different movements!
Contact our Ottawa, Chelsea, Kanata & Nepean, ON physiotherapy offices today at 613-822-9000 to schedule your appointment and find out how we can help you relieve your painful symptoms!
Whatever condition may be causing your upper extremity pain, Amped Physiotherapy can help. With our advanced treatment methods, we can alleviate your pain, restore your range of motion, and return you to your normal life.
One of our physiotherapists will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the source of your pain and the severity of your condition. Afterward, they will construct a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.
This may include any combination of specialized treatments as our physiotherapist deems fit, such as targeted exercises and stretches, ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, or dry needling.
Several joints, bones, muscles, and tendons make up your upper extremities. Because of their complex nature, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out where the pain is stemming from.
A few of the most common conditions leading to elbow, wrist, or hand pain include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, as well as the tendons you use to bend your fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel becomes constricted or pinched, which can result in numbness or pain along the nerve that can extend throughout your entire arm. A constricted carpal tunnel is typically caused by an injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work, keyboard-heavy work, or driving heavy machinery.
Arthritis is a very common condition affecting people of all ages. The two main forms of arthritis are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system begins to attack the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage in the elbow, wrist, or finger joints begins to break down. Both of these conditions result in weakness in the hand muscles, difficulty performing normal, daily tasks, and painful loss of motion.
Sports injuries, falls on the canal in the winter, or slipping on stairs can cause you to try to catch yourself with an arm, taking a joint past its normal range of motion. Sprains and strains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can also result in pain.
Most upper extremity injuries result in short-term pain; however, if your pain lingers for three months or longer, it is considered chronic. Chronic pain may indicate a deeper issue that needs addressing.
Elbow, wrist, and hand pain may range from mild to severe, and it may come and go throughout the day. It is also common to feel a tingling or numb sensation, especially in the fingers. Depending on the severity of your condition or injury, it may also limit the way you perform your daily tasks at home and work.
If elbow, wrist, or hand pain is limiting your daily life, don’t hesitate to consult with one of our Amped physiotherapists as soon as possible to find the relief you seek.