Arm and wrist pain can be very common as we use our hands on a daily basis. Most conditions of the arm and wrist come from repetitive use or incorrect use of the joints, tendons and ligaments. Common conditions of the arm and wrist include:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome (See Figure 1)
- Tennis elbow/ Golfers elbow and RSI (See Figure 2)
- Arthritis of the hands
- Muscle strain, tendon sprain
- De Quervain's tenosynovitis
There can also be referral of pain in the arm and wrist from other sources such as a pinched nerves in the neck, shoulder injuries, thoracic outlet syndrome. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
An accurate diagnosis is vital to the correct management of your arm pain. Do not delay seeing the Osteopath if you experience pain, numbness and tingling in your hands. The quicker it is managed, the outcome may be better for you.
Figure 1. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Blue area indicates the area affected by pain, numbness and tingling. If left untreated or poorly managed the muscles may waste making gripping and daily activities very difficult.
How can Osteopathy help my arm and wrist pain?
At Moreland Osteopathy we offer advise and treatment according to your condition. Advice on wrist bandages/braces, and other conservative management techniques should be attempted first. We also may able to assist your condition with hands on manual therapy techniques to increase the joint range of motion and flexibility of the arm and wrist.
Upon your first consultation we take an elaborate medical history, do our necessary orthopedic examination and assessment to find out what you are suffering from. Any red flags will be ruled out during your history taking and questioning with the Osteopath. Following this, Osteopathy may help your arm and wrist and injury through hands on manual therapy techniques, conservative management advise, also if needed, dry needling, cupping, exercise/ stretching prescription. If your arm and wrist pain persists, you may even be sent off to do some X-rays or MRI's depending on your presentation.
Some techniques we use for arm and wrist injuries are Massage, trigger point release, articulation and manipulation of joints, muscle energy technique, inhibition and many more. We use these techniques in order to give your body a chance to take charge, and help itself. Some effects of Osteopathy are to increase blood flow to your injured site, therefore decreasing pain levels and increasing your healing rate.
Every treatment is tailored to you so if you prefer or respond better to certain techniques then we will take that into account. We have excellent bedside manner and aim to make you feel comfortable at all times.
Figure 2. Tennis elbow. Red areas indicate inflammation and swelling in the forearm tendons due to Repetitive stress.