Elbow and wrist pain is becoming an increasingly common presenting complaint. Elbow pain is often the result of repetitive strain/overuse. It is commonly known that sports requiring a lot of hitting a ball such as golf and tennis can cause such injuries. What is less well known is that things we do everyday, often as a result of work where we perform the same activity over and over again, such as typing or using a mouse, lifting boxes, hammering nails, cutting wood, etc can also lead to overuse injuries of the elbow and/or wrist.
Arthritis, joint sprains and muscle strains are also likely. Pain can occur as the result of direct or indirect trauma, such as a fall where you put your hand out to stop your fall (FOOSH) can result in direct trauma to the wrist and indirect trauma to the elbow.
Symptoms can include pain (or increased pain) when gripping, pain when resisting wrist and/or elbow movement, weakened grip, a constant ache especially at night or when moving the joint. Pins and needles, numbness, swelling and joint stiffness can also accompany many elbow and/or wrist injuries.
Osteopathic treatment may include, but is not limited to:
- Soft tissue therapy
- Joint mobilisation and manipulation
- Dry needling
Of course, you will always leave Sports & Spinal Albury with a knowledge of what you can do to help encourage a speedy recovery. We educate you on the do’s and don’t of the injury. This can be anything from ergonomic and postural advice to rehabilitative stretches or exercises.
We believe that treating the problem AND its underlying cause is the best way to restore healthy joint function.
Common elbow and wrist complaints that present at our Sports & Spinal Albury are :
- Tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis
- Golfers elbow / medial epicondylitis
- Joint/ligament sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fractures to bones such as the scaphoid, radius or ulnar