Hand and Wrist Pain

We use our hands and wrists throughout the day, so sustaining an injury can be really life changing. Take a look at common injuries and diagnoses below before booking an appointment with Advantage Physiotherapy.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The nerve in your wrist becomes compressed, causing symptoms such as pain, numbness or pins and needles in your hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often worse at night and could benefit from splinting and stretches.

De Quervain’s

The structure around the tendon just above your thumb becomes swollen. People who use their hands a lot including, racket sports, golf, bowls, and rowers, can suffer from this. Swelling responds well to ultrasound, stretches and specific exercises.

Wrist Fracture

After a wrist fracture, it is imperative to get the wrist and elbow moving once it has healed and get your strength back and rehabilitate to return to total activity levels.

Golfer’s Elbow

The inside of your elbow becomes painful where the muscle and tendon complex insert—usually aggravated by lots of gripping activities. Golfer’s elbow responds very well to massage, ultrasound and stretches.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

OA occurs when the protective cartilage at the end of the bone starts to break down and causes pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint and leads to difficulty moving. It can affect most of your joints, most commonly knees, hips, back, neck, shoulders, and fingers. Physiotherapy can be beneficial alongside OA using treatments including mobilisation, exercises, acupuncture etc.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive movement and overuse aggravate the muscles, nerves, and tendons, resulting in pain. Overworking on the computer keyboard or mouse and repetitive gripping activities such as using secateurs are some of the most common causes.

Tennis Elbow

The outside of your elbow becomes painful where the muscle and tendon complex insert is aggravated by repetitive gripping activities, hands, or computer mouse work. Tennis elbow responds very well to massage, ultrasound and stretches.

Wear and Tear

This diagnosis occurs when the protective cartilage at the end of the bone starts to break down and causes pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint and leads to difficulty moving. It can affect most of your joints, most commonly knees, hips, back, neck, shoulders, and fingers. Physiotherapy can benefit your diagnosis by using treatments such as mobilisation, exercises, acupuncture etc. See also Osteoarthritis.