Because your hands and arms are so interconnected, a task or injury that involves one part, such as your lower arm, can end up causing everything from finger numbness to elbow pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can occur with repetitive use such as keyboarding, frequent gripping, and load loading of the hands. Usually, this is a long-term process of overload of the muscles to the fingers that cause them to thicken and compress on nerves at the wrist as they go into the hand causing numbness, tingling, pain and weakness. It is common in older workers, pregnant women and females thirty-five years of age and older.
Physical therapy can help this condition by working to restore flexibility, increase strength and decrease pain numbness and tingling. When caught early, symptoms can be eliminated without surgical interventions as pressure on the nerves to the hand can be relieved. You will also learn how to reduce stress to the nerves of the hand and prevent further injury.
You don’t have to play tennis to be affected with this condition. Also known as lateral epicondylitis, it is a common condition that affects the outside of the elbow. Tennis Elbow often occurs with over strain from lifting or use of the hands with the palms facing downward. This condition responds well to hands on physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises and in some cases, bracing to take pressure off the elbow.
Our physical therapist commonly see numerous conditions of the hand wrist and elbow including:
- Trigger finger
- Joint Pain
How are these conditions treated?
Treatment includes a thorough evaluation that will determine the exact cause of your symptoms. Based upon the evaluation, we can determine if you have a condition that will respond to physical therapy or needs further evaluation. Our physical therapist can develop a comprehensive program to restore elbow, wrist and hand function.
For more information, Contact us today at Portland & Winchester, IN Centers.