Elbow and wrist pain may arise independently of each other or may present together as a common problem. Well known medical names for elbow and wrist pain included Tennis Elbow, Golfer's elbow, Wrist Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) occurs when the muscles which EXTEND the wrist (the forearm extensor muscles) become tight or inflamed from repetitive activities and cause pain on the outside region of the elbow.
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) occurs when the muscles which FLEX the wrist (the forearm Flexor muscles) become tight or inflamed from repetitive activities and cause pain on the INSIDE region of the elbow.
Wrist tendonitis may occur due to repetitive activities (pushups, yoga or extended computer use) or from trauma like falling on an outstretched arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome arises from a problem with the nerve that travels through your wrist to your hand and has a very specific set of symptoms that identify the problem. Many people worry when they begin to feel wrist pain that they may be developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Alternately, elbow and wrist pain may also arise from problems in your neck. If the nerves exiting from your neck become restricted or inflamed, pain may travel from your neck down to your elbow, to your wrist or even right into your hand.
As Doctors of Chiropractic, we are trained to assess all the nerves, joints and muscles in your arm, starting with your neck and including your shoulder, elbow and wrist. Through a series of specific tests we will determine where your pain is originating and we make the appropriate treatment recommendations to help you feel better.
These recommendations may include chiropractic adjustments, GRASTON, acupuncture and massage therapy. If you are experiencing recurrent elbow pain don't wait too long to start treatment. Speak with Dr. Megan, Dr. Mailie or Dr. Dawn about your elbow pain and we will provide you with a proper diagnosis and strategies to get rid of your persistent elbow and wrist pain!