One of the more common and recognizable elbow conditions. This is an overuse injury that can occur with a variety of activities, but more common with athletic movements like tennis and other racquet sports. It is caused by inflammation in the outside elbow region where certain tendons attach. Overuse and repetitive movements are typically a cause of this injury.
Similar to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is on the inside portion of the elbow. You do not necessarily have to be playing golf to obtain this elbow injury, as any repetitive movement that uses these muscles and tendons can create this painful condition.
Another common and well known condition is carpal tunnel. This is named for the tunnel the median nerve in the arm travels through. When the median nerve becomes compressed in this area, pain and/or numbness can occur in the palm side of the hand typically in the thumb through fourth finger. Work and typing are commonly thought of things with carpal tunnel, but can also occur due to acute trauma, fractures of the wrist, and many other things that can contribute to compression in the wrist.
Commonly mistaken for tennis elbow, this condition presents in the forearm slightly below the elbow. This condition presents with sharp pain or numbness that may occur through the forearm into the back part of the hand and typically accompanies weakness in the arm or hand. It is due to the radial nerve in the forearm being compressed and is important to get evaluated so the nerve pressure can be relieved before further damage.
There are many tendons and ligaments that run through the arm and hand and all of these can become injured or have inflammation.
Radiating pain from nerves in the neck and shoulder commonly refer pain through various parts of the arm. The location of the symptoms in the arm correlate with nerves throughout the body and can be distinguished by sensory or muscle testing or additional imaging (if needed). It is important to seek treatment immediately so the nerves do not have constant pressure on them which may result in further problems.
There are numerous different treatment techniques and methods our doctors can use based on what is causing the underlying pain. They may include any of the following:
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