Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain Relief Arlington, VA

Elbow Wrist and Hand Pain Relief

Christine G.

More about my situation- I am a 50-year-old woman who started with Dr. Ujjwal in mid-February after having fallen on the ice in early January requiring surgery to repair both bones in my right arm at the wrist. With the fall and surgery essentially damaging all the associated wrist, hand, lower arm muscles, tendons, and ligaments (in addition to the bones) I had virtually no use of my right hand and wrist after the surgery cast came off. So the bone was healed but....When we first started therapy I literally could not hold a coffee cup, let alone lift an empty coffee cup off the counter. Dr. Ujjwal used manual manipulation to open the wrist joint and assist with loosening and stretching to get greater mobility. He also arranged a progressive exercise regime to build strength and range of motion. Each week he and his assistant evaluated my progress by testing my strength and range of motion compared to my "good" hand/wrist and added new exercises for me to do in their office (monitored to make sure I was doing them properly) and then to continue to do at home twice a day between our office visits. In the last two months I have gained nearly full functionality and I will be graduating soon.

Jennifer H.

Dr. U is great -- he was very helpful with managing pregnancy-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. While CTS will likely stay until I deliver, Dr. U helped me with exercises and stretches and a few other techniques that have helped me greatly!

Brad Y.

I went to Dr. Ujjwal for work-related wrist pain a few weeks ago. You expect a therapist to help you recover. However, I was impressed that Dr. Ujjwal not only got me back to lifting in a month but also taught me to rehab the injury at home (reducing the number of visits I might pay him for). Honestly, he and the staff are highly skilled and committed to the well-being of clients and holistic healing.

David E. | MMA Athlete

Dr Ujjwal and his team have helped me progress and rehab through damaged/torn cartilage and ligaments without the need for surgery. If you are an athlete and looking to optimize your recovery, Dr Ujjwal and his team are your best bet.

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Discover the Benefits of Physical Therapy for the Upper Extremities

You use your elbows, wrists, and hands constantly throughout the day – but nothing will make you realize just how much you use them like feeling the aches and pains within them.

Whether you’re experiencing pain due to an injury, ailment, or some other underlying condition, it can greatly impact your quality of life.

Imagine your typical morning: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and begin your commute to work.

At this point, you’ve already used your elbows, wrists, and hands hundreds of times – and you’re still at the beginning of your day! If you are doing all this with pain, it can make daily life really difficult.

Fortunately, you can find relief or even experience a full recovery by working with a licensed physical therapist in Arlington, VA.

How can physical therapy help with elbow, wrist, and hand pain?

In many cases, physical therapy treatments can even help you eliminate the need for harmful painkillers or invasive surgical procedures for nerve-damaging conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Our advanced treatments at MMA & Sports Rehab can help relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and get you back to living your normal life. Whatever the cause of your elbow, wrist, or hand pain may be, physical therapy can help you.

Our physical therapists create a personalized treatment plan unique to the specific needs of your condition.

This may include any combination of specialized treatments, such as manual therapy, pain and inflammation reducing modalities, and specific therapeutic exercises to restore strength and pain free motion.

Common symptoms of elbow, wrist, and hand pain

Short-term pain in the elbow, wrist, or hand typically results from an injury, but long-term chronic pain may indicate illness or other underlying factors.

You may consider your pain level to be between mild and severe, and it may also be intermittent, meaning it comes and goes at different points throughout the day.

Other symptoms accompanying the pain may include numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially in the fingers.

This can make it difficult for you to physically perform in a range that is normal for you, creating issues with work or completing everyday tasks, depending on the seriousness of your condition.

Common causes of elbow, wrist, or hand pain

Listed below are a few of the most common conditions that may be the culprit for the pain you are feeling:

Elbow Bursitis

At the end of the elbow is a fluid-filled sac called the “bursa” that serves as a cushion to the elbow bone, or “ulna.” When that bursa is compressed due to an injury or repetitive motion, it can lead to pain and swelling. Because of this, it is common to see the condition in athletes and students.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a very common condition that affects approximately 53 million Americans. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, it is the most common form of disability in the United States. There are many different forms of arthritis, but it is typically caused by repetitive motions or an injury that impacts the cartilage in the joints of the elbow, wrist, or hand. Physical therapy helps to improve joint motion, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the surrounding supportive muscles.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common form of nerve compression damage that can lead to elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It is caused by repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is located inside of the elbow and is known as your “funny bone.” When pressure is put on the cubital tunnel and surrounding nerves, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling, especially to the ring and pinky fingers.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts approximately 5% of all Americans, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. The main job of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve on the inside of your wrist, in addition to the tendons you use to bend the fingers. However, it is possible for this tunnel to become constricted, and when it does, nerve compression can result, leading to a variety of symptoms, such as numbness and tingling to the thumb, 1st, and 2nd fingers. In addition pain to the wrist, hand as well as swelling to the hand and fingers is even possible. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be caused by an injury or by repetitive job-related use, such as assembly-line work, keyboard-heavy work, or driving heavy machinery.

Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis elbow refers to pain on the lateral or outside aspect of the elbow, whereas golfer’s elbow refers to pain on the medial or inside aspect of the elbow. Both of these injuries are a result of repetitive use injuries and can be attributed to a variety of different tasks, not just the sports they are named after. Physical therapy is the best treatment for either of these conditions, because it restores the underlying joint and soft tissue limitations that are causing strain to the tendons, and reduces the inflammation quite rapidly.

Strains/Sprains

Strains and sprains to the elbow, wrist, or hand can result in pain. Strains refer to muscle or tendon injuries, whereas sprains refer more to the ligaments, which connect bone to bone. These injuries typically occur from quick over-stretching of the ligaments or tendons, such as a fall on an outstretched arm, or catching something heavy.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms caused by the conditions above, or if you have persistent pain that won’t seem to go away, contact our office in Arlington, VA as soon as possible for an appointment.

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Don’t let elbow, wrist, or hand pain reduce your quality of life any longer!

If you are looking for a Arlington, VA physical therapist, contact our office today for an appointment and to meet with one of our dedicated team members. We will be happy to get you back to living the healthy and physically active life you deserve!