Hand and Elbow Pain

Do you have difficulty lifting your coffee cup in the morning? Does the thought of typing at your computer make your hands ache? Whether you are a mechanic, an analyst, or a child at play, our hands, wrists, and elbows help us be who we are. That’s why hand pain and other problems can have such an extreme impact on your life. Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are two common culprits when it comes to hand and elbow pain.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylagia) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are basically overloaded, overused, or strained. This leads to pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the outside of your elbow. 

Despite the common name for this condition, anyone can experience it — not just athletes. It is typically caused by repetitive movements of the wrist and arm like tennis, typing, painting, or using a hammer. Left untreated, tennis elbow can become a very painful and debilitating injury.

Tennis elbow is a self-limiting condition, which means it will eventually get better without treatment. However, tendons do heal slowly. So the healing process often takes several weeks or months, and in some cases, tennis elbow can persist for more than a year.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have pain or numbness in your thumb, pointer and middle fingers? Does shaking hands relieve your symptoms? Do your symptoms get worse at night? If so, you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. This condition occurs when the median nerve (one of the major nerves in the hand) is compressed as it travels through the wrist. Carpal tunnel pain tends to get worse over time and can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage. So it’s important to identify and treat the problem as soon as possible. Physical therapy and special hand exercises have been shown to relieve mild to moderate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tennis elbow and carpal tunnel pain can slow you down and prevent you from doing a lot of the daily activities you need to do to get through the day. Fortunately, these and other conditions causing hand pain or elbow pain can be treated without surgery or medication. 

If you think you may have either of these conditions, then give us a call today. We want to help you regain the function you need to live your best life.