Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain – Nothing makes you realize how much you use your elbows, wrists, and hands throughout the day like suffering pain in these body parts. By the time you shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, cook breakfast, and drive to work, you’ve already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times. This pain can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Whether the pain is caused by an injury, illness, or other condition, one thing that can definitely help to relieve the pain and aid you in recovery is working with a licensed physical therapist. Contact PREP Performance Center in Lincoln Square, Irving Park, Lakeview, Horner Park, Roscoe Village & Ravenswood Chicago, IL right away if you’d like to learn more about how physical therapy can help alleviate elbow, wrist, and hand pain.
What is elbow, wrist, and hand pain?
Pain in the elbow, wrist, or hand can be a short-term condition due to an injury, or it can be a long-lasting, chronic condition due to illness or other factors. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it can be constant or intermittent (coming and going at different times during the day.) In addition to pain, you might experience other symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially the fingers – can make it difficult to carry out work tasks, or even day-to-day tasks at home, if it is severe enough.
What are the causes?
According to Medical News Today, a person’s hands and wrists consist of many different structures, such as bones, tendons, muscles, and joints from the elbow to the hands; that pain can come from a wide variety of causes. In some conditions, the cause is obvious – if you have “tennis elbow,” for example, you can probably guess how you obtained that injury! For other conditions, the cause might not be so obvious. Here are some of the more common types of elbow, wrist, and hand conditions:
Sprains or strains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can also lead to sharp pain. These are the most common types of sports injuries.
How physical therapy can help
The good news is that no matter what the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain is, physical therapy can likely help to restore your range of motion, relieve the condition, and get you back to your regular life. In fact, physical therapy can often help people avoid the need for surgery for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Your physical therapist will work to create an individualized course of therapy to treat your elbow, wrist, or hand pain. This can include a wide range of treatments, such as manual therapy, heat and ice treatments, ultrasound, and specific stretching exercises.
Don’t let the pain reduce your quality of life any longer than it already has! Contact PREP Performance Center in Lincoln Square, Irving Park, Lakeview, Horner Park, Roscoe Village & Ravenswood Chicago, IL to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, so we can get you back on track, or “back in the game” as soon as possible.