Elbows, Wrists & Hands
Physiotherapy for Elbows, Wrists & Hands Melbourne
The elbow, wrist and hand are taken for granted in our day to day lives. Think about how many times a day you used the lower part of your arm. You’re probably using it right now?!
KRP provides physiotherapy for common injuries to the elbow, wrist and hand. These include:
Hand and Wrist Fractures including Post Surgical Rehabilitation
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
Tennis elbow is probably the most common cause of pain felt on the outside of the elbow. It typically relates to an overuse injury. Pain occurs after repeated activities that include gripping, lifting, pruning and tennis.
Tennis elbow involves a tendon that attaches at the elbow and connects to muscles that control movement in the wrist. This tendon becomes painful after repetitive strain. Pain can occur suddenly after an extra load of work, (like a big weekend of pruning), or more gradually after years of repeated activity.
Tennis elbow is common amongst people who perform heavy gripping, repetitive wrist movements or work with an outstretched arm. These include tennis players, golfers, musicians and manual workers.
Hand and wrist fractures occur when one or more of the bones in your wrist or hand, such as the scaphoid, are broken. A wrist fracture can also occur in the form of a distal radius fracture which is where the forearm bone breaks close to the wrist joint.
Hand and wrist fractures commonly occur when people fall and land on their outstretched hands. Hand and wrist fractures are also common in sports such as skating or snowboarding. People with osteoporosis are also at risk of these fractures.
Tendinopathy (previously called tendonitis) is a term used to describe pain, swelling and damage to any tendon in the body. Tendinopathy can be caused by injury, overuse of the tendon, or wear and tear through ageing.
Tendons attach muscle to bone. There are 23 tendons that cross the wrist into the hand. These tendons allow our hands to perform both delicate movements and powerful work.
Tendinopathy commonly occurs after an extra ‘load’ on the tendon. This ‘load’ can be an overly strong stretch, lifting a heavy weight, or increased repetitive use of the tendon. Wrist and hand tendinopathy is common in people whose work requires repeated use of their hands, such as musicians and computer typists.
At KRP, we understand how important minimising elbow, wrist and hand pain is in maintaining your quality of life. Rest assured, we work closely with local doctors, specialists, rheumatologists and hand therapists that can assist should we deem it necessary at your initial assessment.
Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our expert elbow, wrist or hand team online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars.