Elbow & Wrist Pain2018-09-27T03:03:51+00:00

Elbow & Wrist Pain

Both wrist and elbow joints are frequently used during day-to-day activities, as well as high-impact activities such as sports. Wrist and elbow pain can affect people of all ages and are generally caused by a variety of factors including overuse, trauma, nerve irritation or another underlying condition or disease.

The wrist is made up of 15 different bones, held together by a complex network of ligaments and controlled by the median, radial and ulnar nerves. The wrist is particularly susceptible to injury for people who spend long periods of time typing at a computer, playing the piano or video games, as well as participants in sports which involve lots of wrist motion eg. squash.

Wrist and elbow pain is often a result of RSI and can be prevented and managed by paying attention to ergonomics and making appropriate lifestyle changes where necessary, to support the wrist and elbow, and avoiding strain.

Effective treatment of Wrist & Elbow pain

Treatments like Active Release Techniques (ART), Musculoskeletal manipulation and Fascia manipulation, coupled with appropriate exercises, can help to ease the discomfort associated with wrist and elbow pain.

Causes of wrist & elbow pain

Wrist and elbow pain can be caused by the following:

  • Repetitive motions and movements
  • Tendon injury
  • Ligament strain
  • Incorrect sport technique
  • Trauma to the wrist or elbow
  • Leaning on your elbow for extended periods of time
  • Wrist or elbow strain
  • Over-use
  • Nerve irritation
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Lack of strength in shoulder and forearm muscles
  • Fluid build up in the wrist or elbow
  • Direct blow to the wrist or elbow
  • Dislocation

Other conditions which may cause wrist & elbow pain

Wrist and elbow pain can also be a symptom of a number of underlying conditions or diseases, which may include:

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome (elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist)
  • Arthritis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Tenosynovitis (tendon sheath inflammation)
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ)

Top tips for wrist & elbow care

  • Focus on building muscle and bone strength
  • Prioritise ergonomics at home, work and leisure
  • Ensure you warm up and cool down when partaking in sports
  • Maintain proper technique when playing sports
  • Wear protective gear during exercise
  • Avoid activities that require you to keep your arm bent for extended periods of time
  • Practice strengthening exercises.

Other Treatment options

Often, wrist and elbow pain will go away after a couple of weeks with proper care at home. Effective treatments may include using ice or heat packs on the affected area, wrapping the affected joint in bandages or using wrist splints as well as over the counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

At Jurmaine Health, our aim is to get you well in the shortest possible time and help you maintain wellness. Treatment for elbow and wrist pain generally include treatments and ongoing training for stretching and strengthening exercises.

Elbow & Wrist Pain

Both wrist and elbow joints are frequently used during day-to-day activities, as well as high-impact activities such as sports. Wrist and elbow pain can affect people of all ages and are generally caused by a variety of factors including overuse, trauma, nerve irritation or another underlying condition or disease.

The wrist is made up of 15 different bones, held together by a complex network of ligaments and controlled by the median, radial and ulnar nerves. The wrist is particularly susceptible to injury for people who spend long periods of time typing at a computer, playing the piano or video games, as well as participants in sports which involve lots of wrist motion eg. squash.

Wrist and elbow pain is often a result of RSI and can be prevented and managed by paying attention to ergonomics and making appropriate lifestyle changes where necessary, to support the wrist and elbow, and avoiding strain.

Effective treatment of Wrist & Elbow pain

Treatments like Active Release Techniques (ART), Musculoskeletal manipulation and Fascia manipulation, coupled with appropriate exercises, can help to ease the discomfort associated with wrist and elbow pain.

Causes of wrist & elbow pain

Wrist and elbow pain can be caused by the following:

  • Repetitive motions and movements
  • Tendon injury
  • Ligament strain
  • Incorrect sport technique
  • Trauma to the wrist or elbow
  • Leaning on your elbow for extended periods of time
  • Wrist or elbow strain
  • Over-use
  • Nerve irritation
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Lack of strength in shoulder and forearm muscles
  • Fluid build up in the wrist or elbow
  • Direct blow to the wrist or elbow
  • Dislocation

Other conditions which may cause wrist & elbow pain

Wrist and elbow pain can also be a symptom of a number of underlying conditions or diseases, which may include:

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome (elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist)
  • Arthritis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Tenosynovitis (tendon sheath inflammation)
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ)

Top tips for wrist & elbow care

  • Focus on building muscle and bone strength
  • Prioritise ergonomics at home, work and leisure
  • Ensure you warm up and cool down when partaking in sports
  • Maintain proper technique when playing sports
  • Wear protective gear during exercise
  • Avoid activities that require you to keep your arm bent for extended periods of time
  • Practice strengthening exercises.

Other Treatment options

Often, wrist and elbow pain will go away after a couple of weeks with proper care at home. Effective treatments may include using ice or heat packs on the affected area, wrapping the affected joint in bandages or using wrist splints as well as over the counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

At Jurmaine Health, our aim is to get you well in the shortest possible time and help you maintain wellness. Treatment for elbow and wrist pain generally include treatments and ongoing training for stretching and strengthening exercises.

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