Shoulder, Elbow, Arm and Wrist Pain

 

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Touch2Heal treat various elbow conditions

Shoulder, Elbow, Arm & Wrist Pain

The shoulders are the most mobile joint in the human body, but can suffer from a number of different conditions.

The wrist joint is made up of 10 different bones and many different ligaments, which aren’t always suited to our modern, keyboard based lifestyles.

Sometimes autoimmune conditions can affect the wrists and hands, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Manual jobs such as carpentry or plastering can sometimes cause overuse injuries, such as tendonitis.

Neck disorders can present with pain into one or both arms with pins and needles into the fingers.

Symptoms

Symptoms of upper limb pain can be varied as several different joints may be affected.

You may have pain directly in a joint, or tenderness in the tissues around the joint.

Occasionally pins and needles can be present in a couple of fingers, or even your whole hand.  Joints may become hot, inflamed and red.

These symptoms might come on after a broken wrist or other injury.

It is more common for symptoms to appear on one side of the body, but sometimes pain in both sides can be present.

Joints may gradually become stiff over time, finding you are unable do simple tasks you once did such as putting on a seat belt.

Hand injuries are very common

Causes

As the shoulders are a very mobile joint, it’s possible to damage the muscles and tendons around the shoulders.

This can be from your job, or perhaps overuse such as weight lifting with poor technique.

‘Frozen shoulder’ or adhesive capsulitis is more common in people with diabetes, but can come on with no known cause.

Pregnancy can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, causing painful wrists and hands.

Whilst a lot of people have heard the terms ‘tennis elbow’ and ‘golfers elbow’, they are not always caused by tennis or golf!

Diagnosis

Your osteopath will take a full case history, examine your upper limb, carry out a holistic, osteopathic assessment of your problem and perform appropriate orthopaedic tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you for further imaging, in which case we will either work with your own GP or refer you for other appropriate imaging.

Your osteopath will fully explain your diagnosis to you, along with your prognosis and possible treatment options.

 

 

Touch2Heal use gentle manipulation to ease shoulder injuries

Treatment

Many niggles can be sorted out within a few treatments.

Our osteopaths will use a variety of techniques such as moving your joints through their full range of motion (known as articulation], stretching the joints, using massage to promote healing and relaxation, and providing appropriate aftercare and rehabilitation advice.

You osteopath will be able to provide you with exercises to do at home if necessary to hasten your rehabilitation process.

If you are suffering from any of these issues then please book an appointment to come and see us at our clinic in Ashford in Kent, today.

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