Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Pain
We’ve been using our arms and hands since before we can remember. It starts as a reflex until we fine-tune our movements and coordinate them to work together. It becomes an effortless part of everyday tasks. Over time and with each repetitive motion, our bodies start showing wear and tear. Joints become stiff and sore, and things stop working correctly. Those once effortless movements turn into tedious chores. Sometimes there are underlying causes behind this. Chiropractors are here to help when this happens.
What causes hand, wrist, and elbow pain?
IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE
Other than the normal wear and tear that our joints go through during everyday motions, here are a few more reasons why there might be pain.
- Arthritis. Arthritis causes inflammation in the joints, which leads to stiffness and soreness with movement.
- Injury. Any injury can result in damage of the muscles and tendons that run throughout the arm. Injuries could be sports-related, a sudden impact, or various other reasons.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal tunnel is often caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck. It causes numbness, tingling, or pain that can radiate up and down the arm.
- Tendinitis. Tendinitis is what happens when a tendon becomes inflamed. There are two common types of tendonitis that affect the arm. Tennis elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow, and Golfers elbow affects the inside of the elbow.
Identify the symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is another common problem that many people experience from the overuse of the muscles in their arms. Tennis Elbow refers to the pain and inflammation, or micro-tearing, of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow, the lateral epicondyle. When these forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse, this will lead to pain and tenderness outside the elbow.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:
- Weakness of the wrist
- Pain or tenderness outside of the elbow (may travel up or down the arm)
- Pain when lifting or bending the arm
- Experience problems extending the forearm fully
- Difficulty or discomfort when gripping, lifting and/or carrying
- Continued pain that occurs for three weeks or longer
- Weakness of the wrist
What A Chiropractor Can Do
Help you relieve pain and get your health back
Chiropractors talk to the patient to get a history and determine which type of treatment will be most effective. In some cases, an adjustment or a realignment can be very effective. When in alignment, the joint functions more properly, and it can relieve pain in other areas. If nerve compression is detected, we may respond by recommending that you use a brace and design a treatment strategy to alleviate the pressure. We may also recommend exercises to counteract the effects and strengthen the necessary muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the region affected.
When it comes to the hand, wrist, and elbow, if a problem occurs anywhere, it can create pain in other areas. Chiropractors offer a non-invasive approach that can relieve pain without surgery or harmful medications.