Pain in the elbow, wrist and hand is normally a combination of many different kinds of pain. Some of the injuries or conditions that can cause pain in this area of the body include arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Deputren’s Contracture, Ganglion Cyst, Tenosynovitis and Trigger Finger.
In most of these cases, there is some kind of degeneration of cartilage or ligaments that is the underlying cause of hand, elbow or wrist discomfort. These are components of the body that form the joints and come under a lot of stress with daily activities, exercises or even excessive strain during lifting, sports and stretching.
Alternatively, hand/elbow/wrist pain can also show up as a result of muscles being irritated and compressed, and is likely to flare up from time to time. Most regular medical treatments only target the symptoms rather than the causes, which means that the pain might subside for a while but reoccur after a period of time.
Common symptoms include:
- Stiffness in the joints of fingers, hands or elbows
- Pain and swelling at the joints or knuckles
- Sensation of grinding as well as grating when the arm moves
- Frequent numbness in the fingers
- Reduced grip strength and flexibility in the hands
Diagnosis & Tests
Most of the time, the cause of wrist, elbow or hand pain can be diagnosed with a comprehensive chiropractic examination, which can isolate the pain area and measure the intensity of the pain. Wrist pain and tennis elbow often has its source in the bones and cartilage, which is something that can be identified with X-ray examinations. You may also be suggested an X-ray, MRI or EMG examination if the pain is suspected to be caused by pinched nerves, fractures or arthritis.
At Pro Chiropractic Clinics, our experienced chiropractic doctors can help you diagnose and fix problems that are causing pain in your hands, wrists or elbows. The natural treatment includes exercises, chiropractic massages and physical therapy, to tackle specific areas of concern like modifying finger movements for improved strength and flexibility.
Stiff joints can be treated by pushing them gently in the direction where movement is restricted, and manipulations or adjustments can be used to treat neck or back pain that might be migrating to the arms. Chiropractic treatment can include a combination of medicines, braces and supports coupled with adjustments for effective results.
The doctors will also educate you about the causes of pain, and how to avoid them in the future to eliminate most elbow and wrist pain. Modern chiropractic massage techniques can be applied to wrists, elbows and hands for recovery, but it’s equally essential to understand how to keep them healthy and functioning perfectly with lifestyle changes, exercises and other simple and long-term techniques.