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Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pain



From the moment you wake up and go through your morning routine—getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, showering, dressing up, having breakfast, and starting your commute—you rely on your elbows, wrists, and hands countless times. However, when these essential body parts are in pain, even the simplest tasks become challenging, and navigating your home can become an ordeal.

Feeling discomfort in your elbows, wrists, or hands throughout the day constantly reminds you how much you depend on them. But the good news is that you don’t have to endure this pain indefinitely. By working with a licensed Telford physical therapist, you can find the relief you need and achieve a complete recovery. Don’t hesitate to contact our clinic today at 267-396-8966 and discover the assistance you’ve been seeking!

Common Causes of Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pain

The human body is a complex system, and there can be various reasons behind upper extremity pain. Below are some of the most common conditions that may be causing the pain you are experiencing:

Arthritis: Arthritis is a prevalent condition affecting people of all ages. It can take different forms but is usually caused by repetitive movements or injuries that affect the cartilage in the elbow, wrist, or hand joints. Physical therapy can be beneficial in improving joint motion, reducing inflammation, and strengthening supportive muscles.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This condition involves nerve compression damage and can lead to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It occurs when pressure is applied to the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, particularly the ulnar nerve, often called the “funny bone.” Symptoms may include pain, numbness, and tingling, especially in the ring and pinky fingers.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): CTS is a well-known condition that affects about 5% of Americans. The carpal tunnel, which protects the median nerve and tendons in the wrist, can become constricted, leading to nerve compression. This may cause symptoms like numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, as well as swelling in the hand and fingers. Jobs involving repetitive hand and wrist use, such as assembly-line work or keyboard-heavy tasks, can contribute to CTS.

Golfer’s Elbow/Tennis Elbow: These conditions refer to pain on the inside (golfer’s elbow) or outside (tennis elbow) of the elbow. Repetitive use injuries cause both and are not limited to the sports they are named after. Physical therapy can address underlying joint and soft tissue limitations, reduce inflammation, and aid recovery.

Elbow Bursitis: Elbow bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sac (bursa) at the end of the elbow, cushioning the ulna bone, becomes compressed due to an injury or repetitive motion. This can lead to pain and swelling, common among athletes and students.

Sprains/Strains: Sprains involve injuries to ligaments that connect bones, while strains refer to muscle or tendon injuries. These injuries typically result from rapid overstretching, such as falling on an outstretched arm or lifting something heavy. The pain may take a day or two to manifest fully.

Experiencing Symptoms of Upper Extremity Pain?

Upper extremity pain can manifest differently for each individual. Short-term acute pain in the elbow, wrist, or hand is often a result of an injury, while long-term chronic pain may be linked to underlying illnesses or factors.

In addition to the pain, you might also experience accompanying symptoms like numbness or tingling in your fingers. These sensations can hinder your ability to carry out everyday activities and may even impact your work, depending on the severity of the condition.

The intensity of your pain may vary from mild to severe, and it could be intermittent, appearing and subsiding throughout the day. It’s important not to ignore the pain, as it’s unlikely to resolve independently. Seeking assistance from a medical professional who can assess your condition will lead to the best possible outcome for managing and addressing your pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Provide Relief for Upper Extremity Pain

Physical therapy offers a non-invasive and effective alternative to costly surgical procedures and potentially harmful pain medications. With their expertise in movement and joint disorders, physical therapists can treat your symptoms and identify the root cause of your pain.

At Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness in Telford, our skilled physical therapists will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific condition’s needs. Our advanced treatment options are designed to alleviate pain, restore range of motion, and help you regain an everyday life, regardless of the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain.

Your physical therapy sessions may include various specialized treatments, such as manual therapy techniques, pain and inflammation-reduction methods, and specific therapeutic exercises to improve strength and promote pain-free movement.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to the conditions mentioned earlier or are dealing with persistent pain that doesn’t seem to subside, relying on harmful medications is not the solution. It’s time for a positive change.

Take control of your life and seek relief from your hand, elbow, or wrist pain by scheduling an appointment with our dedicated team at our office today.

We are here to help you on your path to recovery and improved quality of life.

At Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness, we’ve created a 3 step process to get rid of your pain AND make sure it doesn’t come back again.

Step #1 - We Want To Listen To Your Story

Our medical system is frustrating. You wait weeks, sometimes months, for an appointment, only to get to talk to the doctors for 10 minutes before they have to run to the next patient and you’re left sitting there wondering, “What just happened?”

Even most physical therapy clinics operate this way. They’re not attentive, they’re fast-paced, and the therapist lacks the time to address the exact location of your pain.

This is why our first step is to listen to your story.

After working with lots of people with Upper Extremity Pain we know that no two people are alike. Each person has a different body, a different history, and different types of pain. 

That is why our first step is to have an open conversation and time for you to tell your story. That way we get a deep understanding of what’s going on not just with your body, but also how it’s impacting your life. 

Step #2 - Find Out WHY The Pain Started

Many people have a diagnosis, or medical term for what’s going on with their body. Maybe their doctor gave it to them, maybe tests showed the diagnosis, or maybe they found it online.

You could have been told that your only choice was to rest, take painkillers, or start thinking about surgery.

Sometimes, those things bring temporary relief, but they’re not addressing what CAUSED the problem in the first place.

Every person’s cause of pain is different. No one has the exact same problem caused by the exact same thing as another person.

Our goal at Gear Up Physical Therapy and Wellness is to find that original cause of your pain, so not only does your pain go away, it STAYS AWAY! 

During the Upper Extremity Pain Assessment, you’ll find out what’s wrong, how long it’s going to take to fix it, and give you peace of mind that your problem can be fixed naturally!

Step #3 - Get Rid Of The Pain & Keep It From Coming Back

This is when the big transformation occurs. We develop a personalized plan that allows you to…

…Get back to your daily activities without fear of the pain coming back.
…Be able to get back to your favorite workouts, sports, activities
…Get back to feeling how you were pre-injury 

Our best clients are those who are motivated and ready to win back their active lifestyle. (Even if they feel stuck right now!)

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