Having elbow or wrist issues? Total Motion Physical Therapy can help diagnose and rehabilitate your injuries so you can get back to enjoying life.
The elbow and wrist joints are connected in function my several different muscles, ligaments and nerves. For this reason people who often have an injury at one location have problems at the other. Most commonly elbow and wrist injuries can heal on their own with basic exercises and appropriate rest. However, we use our elbows and wrists so often throughout the day, which can lead to continued pain, limitation and disability. Physical therapy can help to identify the cause of your pain and give you exercises and activity advice to best treat your injury.
Tennis Elbow: Also known as Lateral Epicodylitis, Tennis Elbow is typically a condition that does not occur in tennis players. Most often it affects people who repeatedly use their elbow, wrist, and hand throughout the day. Pain is typically present at the elbow and radiates down into the arm and sometimes the wrist. If the condition continues, grip strength can decrease and be painful. The elbow may start to become stiff and painful to move as well. Physical therapy can help to teach you strategies to manage your pain. It can also give you strengthening and stretching exercises to help regain your function and quality of life.
Wrist fractures typically occur after a traumatic injury such as a fall onto your hand. Immediately after a fracture you will most likely have to rest your hand and may even be put in a cast or splint for a period of time. This time of immobilization and disuse typically leads to weakness and loss of range of motion in the wrist and hand. After you are allowed out of the cast or splint you will more than likely require strengthening exercises and stretching which your Physical Therapist can give to you.
If you are having continued elbow or wrist pain after an injury it may be well worth it to go see a physical therapist in order to figure out why you are still having pain and what the best course of care may be. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.