Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injuries

At a glance – we treat and successfully rehabilitate

  • Stiffness, pain and dysfunction
  • Fractures
  • Tennis / Golfers Elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain / Occupational overuse injury
  • Post-operative condition
  • Common Finger Conditions such as Tendon injuries – Mallet Finger, Boutonniere Deformity Dupuytren’s Contracture and Trigger Finger

Always in the firing line our elbows, wrists and hands are a frequent source of fractures, sprains and strains. Our previous experience of working in a Hand and Plastics Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital allows us to provide you with an excellent experience in the Management of your injury.

Elbow Pain

A common example, Tennis Elbow also known as Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis Elbow – Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Pain with gripping or lifting (Extending) the wrist, hand or fingers backwards
  • Weakness in the wrist, hand and fingers especially with power gripping
  • Can have associated neck and between the shoulder blade pain, and stiffness, nerve pain including pins and needles, numbness and weakness
  • Interferes with playing tennis, handshakes, lifting the milk out of the fridge or a kettle and opening a door, even typing
  • Pain felt most on outer (lateral tip of the elbow) but also through forearm and less commonly into fingers or into arm
  • Sudden onset or more commonly ache increasing over time
  • Pain with gripping or lifting backwards, (extending the wrist and fingers)

If you have these symptoms we can help. Call (03) 9670 3996 or email info@elizabethphysio.com.au

Tennis Elbow – Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Repetitive activity or loading of the muscles and tendons attaching onto the outer aspect of the elbow e.g. hammering, tennis, gardening – using the blower with one hand or prolonged use of the shears/secateurs
  • Unaccustomed use, including
    •  Poor Technique
    • Poor or unsuitable equipment – racquet too heavy, strings too tight, pencil too small
  • Poor ergonomics – wrist in cocked up position with typing
  • Lack of flexibility in elbow and wrist
  • Decreased strength and poor fitness in the forearm muscles.

Tennis Elbow – Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Initially using ice, rest from activity and supporting the injured soft tissue using bracing or taping.
  • Techniques for stretching injured structures and a tailored, specific exercise program to regain your function and provide excellent conditioning of the forearm musculature.
  • To ensure your full recovery we use iPad Video Analysis for correct technique posture and a better feel of your racquet, hammer or keyboard.

See also:

Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation Gym

iPad Video Analysis

Need an appointment? Call (03) 9670 3996 or email info@elizabethphysio.com.au

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