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 conditions
  • 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 lifting the kettle and opening a door, even typing
  • Pain felt most commonly on the 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 will help you. 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.

To ensure your full recovery we use iPad video Analysis .This assists with the process of correcting and relearning. Whether it be for correcting posture, grip or keyboard position and use. This aims to prevent re-occurance.

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:


Rehabilitation Gym

iPad Video Analysis

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

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