Injury to the elbow, wrist, or hand can literally put life on hold. At Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy we will help to get the injured arm back on track. Below are some common injuries Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy treats:
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) and Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow). These describe inflammation of the tendons surrounding the elbow. Both conditions are typically overuse injuries and can be very painful to touch and with elbow and/or wrist movement. Lateral epicondylitis involves the outside of the elbow and is most painful when the wrist is pulled. Medial epicondylitis involves the inside of the elbow and can be felt when the wrist is curled.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a very common condition that is typically caused by overuse and repetitive movements of the fingers, hand, and wrists, and may also be associated with pregnancy. Symptoms include pain, numbness/tingling, and weakness in the wrist and hand, especially in the thumb, index and middle fingers.
- Trigger Finger. Tendons in the hand can become inflamed which can cause the tendon to stick when the fingers are moved. This results in a ‘snap’ with movement and can worsen to the point that the finger, or thumb, cannot let go on its own.
- Arthritis. One of the most common areas of the body where arthritic changes take place is in the hands and in the thumb. Because our hands are used for so many functions, even mild arthritis can cause pain and some level of disability.
- Post-surgical. Rehabilitation is often required after surgery on the elbow, wrist or hand. Under the surgeon’s guidance, the therapist at Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy will work to restore function after carpal tunnel release, tendon repairs, ulnar nerve release, lacerations repairs, and fractures.
- Other conditions. Additional complications in the lower arm and hand include De Quervain’s syndrome, bursitis, tenosynovitis, ligament damage, peripheral nerve damage, rheumatoid arthritis, dislocations, and fractures.
Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention
- When coming to Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy for lower arm pain, the licensed physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of pain. The therapist will identify the factors that contribute to the pain such as muscle imbalances, postural stress, and faulty movement patterns.
- The first goal of treatment is to reduce pain. Modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electric stimulation, phonoporesis, and inotophoresis can assist in decreasing inflammation and pain.
- In order to relieve lower arm pain it, is important to learn specific exercises and stretches that address muscle imbalances and correct faulty movement patterns. Not only will exercises and stretches help to relieve lower arm pain, but the knowledge of the techniques learned at Rochester Sports and Physical therapy will help the patient prevent additional problems in the future. Each of our patients receives an individual home exercise program so they can continue to improve after they are finished with therapy. This empowers them to be responsible for the health of their bodies.