Hand and elbow pain
Treatment that delivers better results
Our hands are one of the most complex parts of our body. It is not until we develop pain or a problem with our hands that we understand how important they are in everyday life.
The most common problems we see regarding the hand involve some element of inflammation. We believe with the correct advice, activity modification and specific exercise programme the majority of hand problems recover.
In our experience it is unlikely for you to require a scan or surgery to recover from hand pain.
There are many common hand problems that can interfere with daily life. A few are discussed below:
- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint problem commonly seen as we age and often is associated with stiffness, pain and swelling.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a problem which gives rise to pins & needles of the 3 fingers on the thumb side as well as vague pain.
- Ganglion cysts are benign, soft, fluid-filled cysts that can develop on the front or back of the hand for no apparent reason. Most ganglions are painless and resolve without any treatments.
- Tendon problems of the hand involve irritation of the tendon or the sheath surrounding them.There is no reason why you should stop many of your regular activities due to hand pain.
Elbow and forearm pain is commonly associated with playing sports, heavy manual work such as gardening, lifting or moving and also trauma related to a fall.
Elbow pain is commonly associated with:
- Tendon problems such as tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Simple sprain of the joint
- Bursitis around the elbow
- Repetitive strain injury following sports or manual work
When do I see my GP?
There is no reason why you can’t do your routine work or leisure activities because of hand or elbow pain.
However, you should seek medical advice if the following applies to you:
- If you have had a fall and you think you have a broken bone
- If your elbow pain increases with general exercises such as walking or running it may be associated with a heart condition
Hand and elbow
Hand and Elbow resources
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How to access our services
Self referrals and referrals through your GP
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Your GP can also refer you, see details here.