Wrist and elbow pain
Arm and hand injuries can be very limiting and prevent us prevent us from living a full and enjoyable life. Arm pain is commonly caused by repetitive strain injuries e.g. lifting heavy plates or long distance driving. Often these can have their origin posture and in neck and shoulder injuries. Physical therapists are ideally equipped to assess and treat injuries in the arms and hands
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel tunnel is a painful and debilitating condition affecting the hands and arms, commonly caused by repetitive actions such as keyboarding and using the mouse. The syndrome can also come from equipment operation, carrying loads in the arms (waitressing), and can be made worse by pregnancy. It is caused by the nerves going down the arms getting squeezed by the muscles and tendons of the forearm and wrist. Our physical therapists can be of immense assistance with Carpel tunnel Syndrome and will ease out the fore arm muscles, reduce inflammation in tendons and examine the ergonomic problems behind the issue.
Golfers elbow or pain on the inside of the elbow joint is a common and painful problem. Often having nothing to do with playing golf, it can be caused by any number of actions such as gardening, weightlifting, cycling and so forth. Our physical therapists will treat the injury and examine the actions which are causing the problem to prevent reoccurrence.
Pins and needles and burning sensation
Pins and needles in the arms, hands and fingers are symptoms which may be caused by compression of the nerves in the neck, shoulders, arms or wrists. Our therapists will be able to carry out a thorough assessment to determine what may be the cause and can help fix this using a variety of muscle, joint and nerve treatments as well as examining the possible underlying causes of the problem such as posture and Repetitive Strain Injuries.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injuries are increasingly common in the work place, where work has become a constant repetition of the same action. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, tennis and golfers elbow, many lower back pains and tendonitis are common representations of RSIs. They affect people’s health and livelihoods impacting on all areas of their lives. Physical Therapists deal with RSI all the time and will manage the condition as well as identifying and rectifying the underlying action which has caused the problem in the first place.
Commonly caused by a fall or sporting injury, a sprained wrist is where the ligaments of the wrist and hand have become strained or torn. Severe sprains should be examined medically to rule out broken bones. All Sprains need RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) therapy for the first 48-72 hours. Our therapist will assist in removing inflammation from the wrist, strengthening the ligaments and restoring mobility to the wrist. Untreated sprains commonly lead to injuries in other joints and muscles surrounding the sprained joint.
Tennis elbow or pain in the outside of the elbow joint is a common and painful problem. Often having nothing to do with playing tennis, it can be caused by any number of actions such as lifting heavy trays to a high oven or plastering walls. we will treat the injury and examine the actions which are causing the problem to prevent reoccurrence.