Elbow | Hand | Wrist Pain
The elbow is a complex joint that is formed where three bones come together – the humerus (upper arm) and the ulna and the radius, the two bones that make up your forearm.
Each bone has cartilage on the end, which helps them slide against each other and absorb shocks. They’re lashed into place with tough tissues called ligaments. And your tendons connect your bones to muscles to al-low you to move your arm in different ways.
If anything happens to any of these parts, or to the nerves and blood vessels around them, it can cause pain.
Wrist pain is often caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. But wrist pain can also result from long-term problems, such as repetitive stress, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wrist pain may vary, depending on the cause. For example, osteoarthritis pain is often described as being similar to a dull toothache, while carpal tunnel syndrome usually causes a pins-and-needles feeling or a tingling sensation, especially at night. The precise location of your wrist pain also provides clues to what’s behind your symptoms.
Not all wrist pain requires medical care. Minor sprains and strains usually respond to ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications. But if pain and swelling last longer than a few days or become worse, call us for a consultation. Delayed diagnosis and treatment can lead to poor healing, reduced range of motion and long-term disability.
The human hand is a complex and delicate structure that contains 27 bones. The muscles and joints in the hand allow for strong, precise, and dexterous movements, but they are vulnerable to injury
Hand pain can originate in different parts of the complex skeletal structure, including the:
- connective tissues
Hand pain can stem from:
- inflammation (arthritis)
- nerve damage
- repetitive motion injury (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- sprains and fractures
- chronic health conditions