Elbow Wrist & Hand Pain

WHY OUR ELBOWS, WRISTS, AND HANDS ARE IMPORTANT

When you think about it, we use our elbows, wrists, and hands for many things during the day for just normal activities. We use our elbows, wrists, and hands for driving, preparing food, dressing and much more. As a matter of fact, we rely on these upper extremities for daily living. If you’re experiencing pain in your elbows, wrists or hands, your daily function can become very limited.

CAUSES OF ELBOW, WRIST AND HAND PAIN

There are a number of causes for wrist and hand pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a type of hand nerve entrapment. It occurs in the wrists where a nerve and tendons extend from the forearm to the hand. Carpal tunnel causes pressure on the median nerve. Its symptoms include:

  • Pain, burning, and numbness in the hand
  • Pain in the wrist, which can extend to the elbow
  • Swollen hand
  • Weakened grip and problems with lifting small items

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a narrowing of the tissue in the elbow, which is comprised of the ulnar nerve. This nerve runs from the shoulder to the wrist. Its symptoms include:

  • Tingling and numbness in the ring and pinky fingers
  • Weakness in the hands
  • Pain in the hands and fingers

Elbow pain is often caused by overuse from sports and repetitive job tasks. Other common causes of elbow include are bursitis, dislocated elbow, golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis, sprains, strains, arthritis, and tendinitis.

Bursitis occurs when the small, fluid-filled sacs become inflamed. It’s the sacs that cushion the muscles, tendons, and bones near the joints. It’s a painful condition. Osteoarthritis affects about 27 million people in America. It can affect the joints in the elbows, wrists, and hands. The cartilage begins to wear away and bones rub against each other leading to pain when you have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative arthritis. Tendonitis is a swelling of a tendon. A tendon is a thick fibrous cord that connects muscle to bone. It’s most common in the elbows and wrists. Other names for tendonitis are tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, swimmer shoulder and pitcher’s shoulder.

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR ELBOW, WRIST AND HAND PAIN

Physical therapy is effective for elbow, wrist and hand pain. As a matter of fact, it can help you avoid surgery. Often, a physical therapist will work in conjunction with your primary care doctor to identify the root cause of your pain. Strength and flexibility will also be assessed. After a full evaluation, a physical therapist will use therapeutic techniques to eliminate the pain. After that, the focus will be on building your range of motion. Exercises for strength will also be performed. Passive treatments may include ice therapy, heat therapy, massage therapy or electrical stimulation. The goal is to rid you of pain and improve function.

OUR SERVICES

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Ridgeview Physical Therapy
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Ridgeview Physical Therapy & Wellness Center

200 Old Pond Rd Ste 106, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Monday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday By Appointment

Phone: (412) 400-3434

Heather is the best! I had issues with my hips and SI joints which were causing me terrible lower back pain and I was miserable! I lived for cortisone shots.

I was in so much pain the first time she saw me. I just wanted to be pain-free! I had gone to physical therapy in the past and it did nothing for me. The therapist would give me stim and heat and tell me to do some exercises and stretches. They would never put their hands on me to do any myofascial release.

With that said, I was hesitant to go again because I thought it would be a waste of my time. Boy, I am so glad I went!!! Heather has helped me tremendously!!! She is all hands on.

She assured me at my first visit that I would get better and to give it some time. She was right! Not only are my SI joints, lower back pain, and hips better, but there is a noticeable difference in my posture, my core is stronger, and I am much more balanced than I ever have been. I don’t have pain every day and am able to go weeks without therapy. I still have some work to do and will NEVER go to another therapist!

She is so knowledgeable and is continuously researching and learning new techniques. She has experience in myofascial release which is what I needed.

I haven't mentioned how friendly and accommodating she is when it comes to her patients. Her bedside manner is like no other! She treats her patients like family. I feel like I have known Heather forever and I’ve only known her for a short time.

At Ridgeview, if you are a germaphobe like me, you will be very comfortable. It’s very clean and the rooms are tidy and spic and span! If you are looking for the best, call Heather!!! I can guarantee you won’t be sorry!!!!

Darla C.
physical therapy Bridgeville PA

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