Elbow Pain

Because your hands and arms are so interconnected, a task or injury that involves one part, such as your hand and lower arm, can end up causing everything from finger numbness to elbow pain. The purpose of our arm is to put our hand at different places in space to accomplish tasks – therefore, if we are lacking shoulder mobility, we may require increased motion from our elbow or wrist, causing problems there.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain Relief Minnetonka & Wayzata, MN

Typing, writing and jobs that require repetitive lifting continue to be a threat for developing the condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). The debilitating syndrome is named for the tunnel surrounding the nerves connecting your wrist, hand and fingers. Overly stressing the median nerve, which is inside the tunnel, can lead to the aching wrist and numb fingers associated with CTS. Often, hormone fluctuations can put patients more at risk for CTS, so pregnant women, and women between the ages of 34-60, may be more likely to experience these injuries.

Early intervention — especially physical therapy — may help you avoid surgery. The most effective form of treatment is treating the muscles and fascia around the carpal tunnel to allow for increased mobility and pliability. Hand and arm movements designed to build flexibility and strength decrease CTS pain and numbness, while easing inflammation and decreasing further pressure on the median nerve.

In addition, our dedicated team will show you techniques to stretch your carpal ligaments and how to perform your repetitive tasks more safely, in order to prevent re-injury.

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Pain at the inside or outside of the elbow is typically caused by the tendon attachment putting excessive stress on the bone. Often this is from repetitive motions involving the muscles and tendons of the forearm, such as golf or tennis. Once injured, these tendons take a long time to heal as there is not a lot of blood flow at the bony attachment. Techniques to decrease the tension on the muscles include: trigger point dry needling, myofascial release, and joint mobilization. Once the pain has been reduced, taping can help to continue to promote blood flow to the area, as well as functional strengthening exercises to keep the pain from returning.

Additional Conditions

While CTS and medial and lateral epicondylitis are common issues for which patients seek our help, we treat numerous others conditions affecting the hands, elbows and wrists. Among them are:

  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Sprains

How are these conditions treated?

The first step in dealing with hand, wrist or elbow pain is evaluating the source of that pain. We also note the specific hand and arm positions at which you experience pain.

After your evaluation, the first priority is to use therapeutic techniques to get rid of the pain as soon as possible. After that, we’ll begin to focus on building up your range of motion, especially through stretching and other flexibility maneuvers. Finally, exercises for building strength will be added, so that after your physical therapy course of treatment is over, you can maintain your pain free life.

When you’re ready to get started, contact our office to set up an appointment to get yourself on the road to ridding yourself of your hand, wrist and/or elbow pain and shoulder pain.