You don’t have to play tennis to have tennis elbow! Tennis elbow is the most common cause of elbow pain. The pain is often severe on the outside of the elbow joint and will increase when extending the wrist back and gripping movements. The pain is most often very debilitating and can travel down the arm into the wrist. Your sleep is often disturbed and this type of injury will almost always impact your daily life. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, treatment, management plan and progressive rehabilitation program to help you with everyday tasks and the activities you enjoy.
Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis involves the muscles and tendons on the inside of your forearm. It reduces grip strength and can cause pain when lifting lighter objects or even brushing your teeth. The tendon can become irritated by a number of different reasons including; doing too much DIY or even starting a new gym exercise program. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, treatment, management plan and progressive rehabilitation program to help you with everyday tasks and the activities you enjoy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed where it passes through a short tunnel at the wrist. CTS commonly affects women in middle age but can occur at any age in either gender. CTS can occur with pregnancy, diabetes, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis and other less common conditions, but most sufferers have none of these. CTS may be associated with swelling in the tunnel which may be caused by inflammation of the tendons, a fracture of the wrist, wrist arthritis and other less common conditions. The main symptom is altered feeling in the hand, affecting the thumb index, middle and ring fingers; it is unusual for the little finger to be involved. Many people describe the altered feeling as tingling. Tingling is often worse at night or first thing in the morning. It may be provoked by activities that involve gripping an object, for example a mobile telephone or newspaper, especially if the hand is elevated. In the early stages the symptoms of tingling intermittent and sensation will return to normal. If the condition worsens, the altered feeling may become continuous, with numbness in the fingers and thumb together with weakness and wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. Sufferers often described a feeling of clumsiness and drop objects easily. CTS may be associated with pain in the wrist and forearm. The pain is most often very debilitating, your sleep is often disturbed and this type of injury will almost always impact your daily life. Physiotherapy can help with a diagnosis, treatment and management plan which can help reduce your pain and improve your function in everyday life. In some cases the physiotherapist may need to refer you to see and Orthopaedic consultant.