Hand & Elbow Pain
What Is Hand Pain?
Pain in the hand is a very common problem, with causes ranging from trapped nerves, to wear and tear and osteoarthritis.
One of the most common forms of hand pain is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). About one in 1,000 people develop this syndrome each year.
The carpal tunnel is a canal formed between the small bones of the wrist called carpal bones and a ligament that lies across the front of the wrist. A large nerve, called the median, along with the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the fingers, pass through this canal.
In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome the nerve becomes compressed within the canal. In most cases it is not clear why it occurs, although increase in pressure is thought to compress and restrict the blood supply to the median nerve.
Symptoms include pins and needles, pain and/or numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of some muscles in the fingers and/or thumb which may cause poor grip.
Many people also experience pain around the base of their thumb which can be related to overuse, inflammation of the soft tissues or arthritis. Other conditions such as Heberden’s Nodes cause swelling and pain at the finger joints.
Oxford osteopaths have experience of treating many hand conditions as well as helping in rehabilitation post surgery.
What Is Elbow Pain?
There are two main conditions:
Tennis elbow, and Golfer’s elbow
Tennis elbow causes pain and tenderness around the outside of the elbow joint, whereas golfer’s elbow causes pain around the inner side of the joint.
In most cases, both conditions can be easily self-managed by adjusting activities to avoid further pain, carrying out simple exercises and if necessary, using painkillers.
In cases where no improvement is being made then Oxford osteopaths can provide you with more specific exercise and treatment using osteopathy and acupuncture.