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PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR HAND, ELBOW AND WRIST

The elbow joint connects your arm to your forearm. All of us at one time or another have hit our elbow on something which has caused a lot of pain. You may have called it hitting the “funny bone”. The ulnar nerve runs from the back of the arm, through your elbow, into the forearm/hand. When you hit your elbow, you may actually compressing the nerve resulting in pain and numbness. Other overuse injuries like tennis elbow or golfers elbow are extremely common injuries at the elbow since it serves as an attachment point for the muscles in your forearm. You do not actually have to play tennis or golf to experience this pain. Daily, repetitive activities like typing, lifting or gripping can also cause the same symptoms.


The wrist joint connects your forearm to the hand, serving as an attachment point for the muscles from your elbow. It also has a tunnel, which holds some of the tendons of the muscles which control your hand movements. The wrist joint is made of 10 bones while there are 27 bones, 29 joints and about 123 ligaments in the hand. Some smaller groups of muscles, responsible for fine motor control, do originate in your hand, however the bigger muscles are actually in the forearm and control hand movements through the tendons.

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Common Symptoms you may experience

- Do you have Pain in your wrist, hand, elbow or upper arm?
- Do you have difficulty putting weight in your arm?
- Are you noticing swelling in the your arms?
- Have noted tightness, locking, clicking in your elbows, wrist or hands?
- Do you have difficulty or weakness gripping or holding items like pen, paper, keys, doorknob?
- Do you experience numbness or tingling into the arm and hands?
- Do you have tenderness to touch in your elbows, forearm, wrist or hands?

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Common Causes or wrist, elbow or hand pain could be

- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers elbow)
- Muscle rupture/strain
- Tricep tendinitis
- Fractures (Colles Fracture, Boxers fracture, Scaphoid fracture, ulna/radial fractures)
- Dislocations
- Trauma/ Post Surgical
- Arthritis
- Instability
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- DeQuervian’s Tenosynovitis
- Nerve entrapments
- Intersection Syndrome
- Ligament Sprain
- Olecranon Bursitis
- Double Crush Syndrome
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury (TFCC)
- Synovitis
- Game Keepers thumb / Skiers thumb
- Dupuytren’s Contracture​

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Here at Physis PT and rehabilitation we will evaluate the causes of your pain and dysfunction, develop an individually tailored treatment plan and provide one-on-one treatment to get you to pain free life.

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