From signing a document to lifting weights, our hands play an integral role in almost every aspect of our lives. The intricacy of movements and tasks they perform makes them susceptible to various types of injuries and conditions. Thankfully, Hand Pain Physiotherapy offers a solution to those facing discomfort and mobility challenges in this essential part of the body.
Our hands are a complex assembly of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The continuous interplay between the wrist, hand, and elbow ensures our ability to perform precision tasks and heavy-duty activities alike. But, with complexity comes vulnerability. Overuse, trauma, or even age-related wear and tear can lead to conditions like wrist pain or elbow pain. Without the right care, what starts as a mild annoyance can potentially escalate into debilitating conditions.
At Next Step Physio Edmonton, we’re dedicated to understanding the root of your discomfort. Our approach to Hand Pain Physiotherapy is holistic, taking into account not just the hand but also the synergistic action of the wrist and elbow. This comprehensive view ensures that treatment is not only targeted but also effective in the long run.
Our first step at Next Step Physio & Concussion Clinic Edmonton is a comprehensive evaluation. We don’t just look at the pain point; we consider the entirety of the hand, wrist, and elbow, as well as associated body parts that might be contributing to the issue. The multitude of conditions that can affect this region:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition arises when there’s pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist’s carpal tunnel.
Tendonitis: This refers to the swelling of the tendons due to repetitive actions or trauma.
Trigger Finger: It’s when a finger or the thumb locks in a curved stance.
Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow: While not directly a hand condition, these involve pain on the inside or outside of the elbow, often affecting hand functions.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: A painful condition affecting tendons on the thumb side of the wrist.
Ganglion Cysts: Fluid-filled, non-cancerous lumps that can appear near joints.
By understanding the full picture, we can design a treatment plan that addresses the cause, not just the symptoms. Our comprehensive hand pain physiotherapy also includes wrist and elbow pain physiotherapy.
Hand Pain Physiotherapy at Next Step Physio isn’t limited to exercises and stretches. While these form the core, we incorporate state-of-the-art techniques to promote faster healing. Whether it’s ultrasound technology, electrotherapy, TENs or manual manipulation, our goal is to alleviate pain and restore function as swiftly as possible. Traditional methods such as acupuncture and dry needling might also be used based on the condition.
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Depending on your condition, treatments might include manual therapy, exercises, modalities like ultrasound or TENS, and ergonomic advice.
Even if patients find relief after initial sessions, it's crucial to adhere to the prescribed therapy regimen to guarantee enduring results and minimize the chance of a relapse.
Both conditions result from overexertion, but they impact distinct areas of the elbow. Tennis elbow impacts the outer side of the elbow, while golfer's elbow affects the inner side.
Imaging tests might be recommended if the physiotherapist believes there's a need for a deeper understanding of your condition or if they suspect underlying issues that require further investigation.