Elbow, Wrist & Hand Pain Lansing, Okemos & Dewitt, MI

Elbow Wrist & Hand Pain

Your hands and arms are so interconnected that a task or injury that involves one part, such as your lower arm, can end up causing everything from finger numbness to elbow pain. If one muscle is limited in function, typically, the entire arm is affected. When dealing with elbow, wrist, or hand pain limits your ability to act out simple, everyday tasks. Live the way you were meant to with full mobility and pain-free. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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 can lead to the aching wrist and numb fingers. It is common for hormone fluctuations to put patients more at risk for CTS making pregnant women and women between the ages of 34-60 at risk for experiencing these injuries.

Early intervention — especially physical therapy — may help you avoid surgery. Hand and arm movements designed to build flexibility and strength decrease the symptoms of pain and numbness. They also help ease inflammation and decrease further pressure on the median nerve. In addition, our dedicated team will show you techniques to stretch your carpal ligaments and how to perform repetitive tasks more safely to prevent re-injury.

Additional Conditions

While CTS is a common issue for which patients seek physical therapy at our clinics, our physical therapists treat numerous conditions affecting the elbows, wrists, and hands which include:

  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/Golf Elbow
  • Fractures
  • Sprains

Physical Therapy 

When dealing with elbow, wrist, and hand pain, a physical therapist will first source where the pain is coming from, unless otherwise stated. Following this, an evaluation will occur to help further assess your current strength and flexibility capabilities. After an evaluation, the first priority is to use therapeutic techniques to get rid of the pain as efficiently and effectively as possible. After that, a physical therapist will begin to focus on building up your range of motion through stretching and other flexibility maneuvers. Finally, exercises for building strength will be added, so that you have techniques to take with you even after your physical therapy treatment is over. This allows you to maintain a pain free life.