Options for Hand, Wrist & Elbow Pain
We use our elbows, wrists and hands an incredible number of times per day for activities of daily living, work and play. With how much we rely on our upper extremities, it’s no wonder that painful conditions arise. When this pain interferes with your normal, daily life, it’s time to consult a physician at Atlanta Medical Clinic.
Pain in your hand, wrist or elbow can pursue trauma or from a variety of medical conditions. Arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries can produce elbow pain. Tennis elbow, can disturb those who play tennis or do activities engaging in repetitive motion of your elbow. Radial nerve impingement can create a similar pain. Golfer’s elbow affects your medial epicondyle nerves and bones. Your wrist can develop painful conditions from overuse, which can come from repetitive activities like typing on your computer. Your fingers and hands also can be affected by painful conditions such as trigger finger and arthritis.
Elbow Pain Treatment
Elbow pain can begin as a small, dull ache that turns into a sharp piercing pain. Many elbow pains are caused from overuse, sports injuries and hobbies. Repetitive movement patterns from these activities can generate soft tissue inflammation like tendonitis. If you have elbow or joint pain, Atlanta Medical Clinic offers a variety of treatments to help reduce pain, increase mobility and strengthen muscles around your joint. Our less invasive and more natural treatments can help our patients eliminate their elbow pain or extremely decrease it!
Common causes of elbow pain include:
- Injuries – Sprains, tears, dislocations, breaks, and fractures
- Golfer’s Elbow – Pain on the inner side of the elbow, where forearm tendons and muscles attach
- Tennis Elbow – Pain that occurs where tendons in your elbow are overworked from repetitive motions in your wrist and arm
- Osteoarthritis – Joint pain and inflammation known as the “wear & tear” arthritis
- Tendonitis – Inflammation & irritation of tendons in your elbow
- Trapped Nerves – Nerves that get stuck or trapped creating nerve pain in your elbow or forearm
Trigger Finger Treatment
Trigger finger is a painful condition that can incorporate one of your fingers becoming stuck in a bent-like position and then promptly straightens out like the trigger of a gun. This condition is lead by a narrowing of your sheath that surrounds your tendons in your finger, and is generally in those who operate repetitive gripping actions. Trigger finger causes stiffness, pain and can ultimately lead to an inefficiency to fully straighten your finger.
Treatments for Trigger Finger
Moderate cases of trigger finger can usually be treated through traditional home methods such as rest, finger exercises and bypassing repetitive movements. More serious cases can require an injection of cortisone.
This outpatient cortisone injection can be done by numbing your arm using a very small incision. Light activities with your hand are allowed to occur right away and the use of your hand can be progressive as tolerated.
Arthritis of Your Hand
Arthritis can involve any joint in your body, but it is most obvious when it affects your hands and fingers. Each hand has nineteen bones, plus eight small bones and your two forearm bones that form your wrist. Arthritis of your hand can be painful and disabling. The most familiar types of arthritis in your hand are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis (after an injury). Other causes of arthritis of your hand are infection, psoriasis and gout.
Hand Arthritis Treatment
Our arthritis treatments will depend on the seriousness of your underlying condition. Our main goals are to reduce inflammation and improve the function of your affected joints before more severe issues appear. In addition to treatments you receive at Atlanta Medical Clinic, we also recommended you use dry heat from a heating pad or moist heat in the form of a hot bath to help alleviate pain and stiffness. Rest and heat are very efficient in the short run for most people with hand arthritis pain.
Atlanta Medical Clinics’ team of pain management specialists will help you diagnose your arthritis pain and suggest the best treatments for your particular condition.
Treatments We Offer For Arthritis:
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger Point Injections
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Non-Steroidal Injections
- Joint Injections
- Low-Dose Steroid Injections
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that usually affects people whose jobs require repetitive use of their hands. It generally starts as an ache in your wrist that may develop down to your forearm or up to your hand. Patients also experience numbness or tingling or in their fingers or pain radiating through their entire arm, weakness in their hand, and trouble grabbing tiny objects. The symptoms can especially be worse during sleep.
Depending on the severity of the disease, CTS may get better with non-surgical treatments. Our non-surgical treatments include:
How To Get An Appointment
To be evaluated at Atlanta Medical Clinic, contact us by phone 404.872.8837 with any questions or concerns. Our professional staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If you call and we are not in the office, please leave a message and your call will be answered promptly.