Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain Relief Eden Prairie, MN

Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain Relief

Todd T.

"I had poor posture which made me look bad and feel bad about myself. I also had numbness in my left arm with sharp pains whenever I sneezed. I pretty much ignored the problems. It seemed it was just the hand I was dealt. I did not realize how much better things could be until I met the staff at Wellspring. The thing I appreciate the most is that I can see and feel how much the staff really cares about me."

Dena W.

"I was in a car accident and the pain in my back was so strong that I could not sleep more than 20 minutes at a time. My arm and hand were also becoming numb and made being a student hard. After the warm, friendly and jubilant staff at Wellspring worked with me I can say that Everything has improved! I am able to get enough rest, sit through lectures, take notes, fully interact with my daughter and over all enjoy life!"

Jennifer J.

"Any sort of reaching would send pain and tingling shooting down my arm. I always had to stop, pause and resume what I was doing. After treatment at Wellspring Health Center, my symptoms have been virtually eliminated. I have greatly improved my overall posture, which improves any activity that affects reaching."

Cheri P.

"My neck, shoulders and elbows hurt every day, which made me just want to sit on the couch and do nothing. It was such a joy to work with everyone at Wellspring Health Center. I was always happy to come to my appointments knowing that everyone worked so hard with me and truly cared about my progress. I would absolutely recommend anyone with pain to come here."

Find the Relief You Need for Your Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Pain Today

Discover the Benefits of Physical Therapy for the Upper Extremities

You use your elbows, wrists, and hands constantly throughout the day – but nothing will make you realize just how much you use them like feeling the aches and pains within them.

Whether you’re experiencing pain due to an injury, ailment, or some other underlying condition, it can greatly impact your quality of life.

Imagine your typical morning: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work.

At this point, you’ve already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times – and you’re still at the beginning of your day! If you are doing all this with pain, it can make daily life really difficult.

Fortunately, you can find relief or even experience a full recovery by working with a licensed physical therapist in Eden Prairie, MN.

How can physical therapy help with elbow, wrist, and hand pain?

In many cases, physical therapy treatments can even help you eliminate the need for harmful painkillers or invasive surgical procedures for nerve-damaging conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Our advanced treatments at Wellspring Health Center can help relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and get you back to living your normal life. Whatever the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain may be, physical therapy can help you.

Our physical therapists create a personalized treatment plan unique to the specific needs of your condition.

This may include any combination of specialized treatments, such as manual therapy, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and specific therapeutic exercises to restore strength and pain-free motion.

Common symptoms of elbow, wrist, and hand pain

Short-term pain in the elbow, wrist, or hand typically results from an injury, but long-term chronic pain may indicate illness or other underlying factors.

You may consider your pain level to be between mild and severe, and it may also be intermittent, meaning it comes and goes at different points throughout the day.

Other symptoms accompanying the pain may include numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially in the fingers.

This can make it difficult for you to physically perform in a range that is normal for you, creating issues with work or completing everyday tasks, depending on the seriousness of your condition.

Common causes of elbow, wrist, or hand pain

Listed below are a few of the most common conditions that may be the culprit for the pain you are feeling:

Elbow Bursitis

At the end of the elbow is a fluid-filled sac called the “bursa” that serves as a cushion to the elbow bone, or “ulna.” When that bursa is compressed due to an injury or repetitive motion, it can lead to pain and swelling. Because of this, it is common to see the condition in athletes and students.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a very common condition that affects approximately 53 million Americans. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, it is the most common form of disability in the United States. There are many different forms of arthritis, but it is typically caused by repetitive motions or an injury that impacts the cartilage in the joints of the elbow, wrist, or hand. Physical therapy helps to improve joint motion, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the surrounding supportive muscles.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common form of nerve compression damage that can lead to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It is caused by repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is located inside of the elbow and is known as your “funny bone.” When pressure is put on the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling, especially to the ring and pinky fingers.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts approximately 5% of all Americans, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, in addition to the tendons you use to bend the fingers. However, it is possible for this tunnel to become constricted, and when it does, nerve compression can result, leading to a variety of symptoms, such as numbness and tingling to the thumb, 1st, and 2nd fingers. In addition pain to the wrist, hand as well as swelling to the hand and fingers is even possible. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be caused by an injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work, keyboard-heavy work, or driving heavy machinery.

Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis elbow refers to pain on the lateral or outside aspect of the elbow, whereas golfer’s elbow refers to pain on the medial or inside aspect of the elbow. Both of these injuries are a result of repetitive use injuries and can be attributed to a variety of different tasks, not just the sports they are named after. Physical therapy is the best treatment for either of these conditions, because it restores the underlying joint and soft tissue limitations that are causing strain to the tendons, and reduces the inflammation quite rapidly.

Strains/Sprains

Strains and sprains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can result in pain. Strains refer to muscle or tendon injuries, whereas sprains refer more to the ligaments, which connect bone to bone. These injuries typically occur from quick over-stretching of the ligaments or tendons, such as a fall on an outstretched arm, or catching something heavy.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms caused by the conditions above, or if you have persistent pain that won’t seem to go away, contact our office in Eden Prairie, MN as soon as possible for a complimentary consultation.

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Don’t let elbow, wrist, or hand pain reduce your quality of life any longer!

If you are looking for an Eden Prairie, MN physical therapist, contact our office today for a complimentary consultation and to meet with one of our experienced team members. We will be happy to get you back to living the healthy and physically active life you deserve!