Hand, Wrist and Elbow Pain Relief
The hand, wrist and elbow are very complex, requiring special attention. If you suffer from an injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other painful conditions of the hand, wrist, or elbow, our physical therapist can help.
Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist with patients that suffer from conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Therapy enables patients the ability to return to a productive lifestyle.
Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or a neurologic condition (i.e. stroke).
Hand therapy can provide a treatment without an operation to help reduce recent or long lasting pain. The therapy provided can also help to reduce sensitivity and improve feelings after a nerve injury. There are a variety of exercises available to help improve movement, strength and reduce stiffness.
Hand therapists can also help a patient’s recovery after surgery. This may include assistance with helping wounds heal, preventing infection, scar management and reducing swelling. The hand therapist can also fit or fabricate your splints to help aid the recovery and healing process following the surgery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer from tingling or numbness to the thumb and first two fingers or have pain in this area, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a collection of symptoms that affects people of all ages, but occurs more in women between the ages of 30-64 years old. In addition, women who are pregnant often suffer with CTS. If you type, write, or do repetitive lifting or gripping throughout the day you are at greater risk for developing CTS.
The good news is that our expert therapists have years of experience and training treating people with CTS. There are several therapeutic options for quickly relieving the symptoms, reducing the inflammation, and relieving the pressure on the median nerve. In addition, for long-term results our physical therapists know the right techniques to gently stretch the carpal ligament and show you how to prevent re-injury. Call St. Francis Rehab and Sports Medicine today to find out how our physical therapist can reduce your discomfort and return to improved function!
Recovery after injury
Whether you suffered a sprained wrist or you’re recovering from a severe fracture, our skilled physical/occupational therapists are here to quickly get you back to pain-free activities. During physical/occupational therapy we work closely with you and your doctor to provide the most efficient and effective treatment plan. The first step is to relieve your pain as quickly as possible, then care is taken to restore normal movement. Finally, muscles are strengthened to support and stabilize the area. Teaching you how to maintain your strength and independence once you leave physical therapy is our priority.
Some of the Many Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions We Treat:
- Joint pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Fractures of the wrist, hand, or elbow
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Tendon repairs