We use our wrists and elbows an immeasurable amount of times during the day, oftentimes without even thinking about it, so over time wear and tear are an eventuality.
We’re usually on autopilot when using our wrists and elbows for picking up or putting down things, writing, driving, and countless other daily tasks, so it’s no surprise that many of us have suffered or will suffer from wrist and/or elbow pain at some point in our lives.
Why Do I Have Wrist and Elbow Pain?
There may be several reasons why you are experiencing wrist and elbow pain. The most common reasons being overuse or an acute injury. Pain can also result from an underlying medical condition such as arthritis.
Because of the amount on times we twist, turn, and bend our wrists and elbows on a daily basis, we are all vulnerable to injury. Call us at ProMotion in Barrie to learn about your treatment options and to discover how to prevent wrist and elbow pain from recurring.
Causes of Wrist Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Occurs when the flexors around the medial nerve swell. The compression of this nerve can result in numbness and pain.
- Ganglion Cyst: Fluid-filled cysts that commonly develop on the back of the wrist causing pain, muscle weakness, and tingling.
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: Inflammation of the sheath surrounding the tendons that run along the thumb and side of the wrist causing pain or discomfort.
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC): Wrist pain that originates from the supporting cartilage structure along the side of the small finger.
Causes of Elbow Pain
- Lateral epicondylitis: The most common cause of elbow pain, also known as tennis elbow. Muscle strain is caused by repeated contractions of the forearm, causing tiny tears in the tendons that attach muscle to your elbow.
- Supinator Syndrome: Also known as radial tunnel syndrome. Pain and discomfort arise from the compression of the radial nerve by an inflamed supinator muscle.
- Medial Epicondylitis: Also known as golfer’s elbow. Occurs when tendons in the forearm become swollen and irritated due to injury or overuse, causing pain from the inside of the elbow to the wrist.
- Olecranon Bursitis: One of the most common forms of bursitis. Pain occurs when the fluid-filled sac of the elbow, the bursa, becomes inflamed. Fever may also be present in some cases.
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome: Fatigue and dull, aching pain are present when the radial nerve that runs along the elbow and forearm are compressed.
This list is not all-inclusive. There are many other causes of wrist and elbow pain that we have successfully treated at our clinic in Barrie. Contact us to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help!
Treatment Options for Wrist and Elbow Pain
- Physiotherapy: Enhances range of motion, increases strength, improves balance, and alleviates pain.
- Acupuncture: Reduces swelling by increasing circulation and provides pain relief by stimulating the body’s natural analgesic response.
- Elbow Brace: Provides support and compression to alleviate pain and speed up recovery.
- Carpal Tunnel Brace: Reduces pain and promotes healing by stabilizing the wrist.
Frequently Asked Questions
When self-care, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), doesn’t alleviate pain and swelling, give us a call at ProMotion Health Care in Barrie to schedule an appointment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed using the patient’s medical history. Our clinicians will inquire about illnesses, current and past medical problems, and daily activities.
Tired of living with wrist and elbow pain? Contact ProMotion Healthcare in Barrie to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!