Wrist & Elbow Pain

You may not realize how much you actually use your hands, wrists, and elbows until you suffer an injury. Wrist and elbow pain is nothing to joke around about. It can cause severe pain and really interrupt your day to day life. Some of the types of wrist and elbow pain we treat is that from Golfer’s Elbow, Cubital Fossa Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Wrist Sprains and Strains.

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Types of Wrist & Elbow Pain

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow is a condition that causes pain on the medial side of the elbow, and it can extend down the forearm. It is similar to Tennis Elbow, except for the pain is on the inside of your elbow. This condition is typically caused from overuse from a repetitive activity. People who commonly get Golfer’s Elbow are golfers, people in data-entry positions, weightlifters, painters, and more. Symptoms commonly develop over time gradually, but they can appear suddenly after a forcible use of the wrist or hand. There may be weakness of the hand as well.

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Cubital Fossa Syndrome

Cubital Fossa Syndrome is a condition where the ulnar nerve, or “funny bone” nerve, is stretched or has pressure on it. They say the feeling from Cubital Fossa Syndrome is similar to the feeling you get when you hit your funny bone. You can experience pain in the forearm, weakness in the hand, and numbness or tingling in the ring and small fingers. This condition is typically caused by squashing or irritation of the ulnar nerve.

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a condition of the lateral elbow, caused by overuse. It is extremely painful and is often associated with tennis players, weightlifters, painters, people with keyboard entry jobs, and more. The main cause is overuse from repetitive motions. Symptoms for Tennis Elbow are pain or burning over the lateral elbow, increased by forearm activities. The pain can sometimes extend down to the wrist. Loss of grip strength is also a common symptom, as well as pain beginning slowly and gradually worsening.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist, in which your median nerve passes through. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which this major nerve gets compressed. It can be caused by fluid retention, repetitive motions over a long period of time. It is a common condition to get in pregnancy due to fluid retention. Symptoms may start with a pain or aching in the wrist, gradually extending into the hand and fingers. Loss of grip and numbness are also common symptoms.

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Wrist Sprains & Strains

A wrist strain is the stretching or tearing of a tendon in the wrist. A wrist sprain is when ligaments or the joint capsule are injured. Falling onto an outstretched hand is a common cause of wrist sprains and strains. A minor injury will cause pain and discomfort in the wrist. A more severe injury can lead to dislocation of the carpal joint or improper mechanics of the wrist joint. It may result in permanent loss of stability.

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