Elbow, Wrist and Hand

Elbow, wrist and/or hand pain can be caused by a range of scenarios, including strenuous activity, overuse, trauma, degeneration and muscle tension or spasm, and can significantly impair your ability to get through day-to-day activities painlessly, if at all.

Conditions we commonly see related to this type of pain are:

  • Sport injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Upper limb fractures
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tenosynovitis or tendonitis (also called ‘tendinitis’)

The treatment we prescribe is based on the individual stage of your condition when you present it with us. It may involve treating an acute injury (such as carpal tunnel or tennis elbow) and so performing preoperative strength exercises to maximise recovery, or work you through a rehabilitation program following surgery.

Our clinicians follow the latest evidence-based practices and work closely with referring surgeons and specialists to ensure your recovery potential is the highest it possibly can be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most elbow pain will go away with relative rest (avoiding the activity that caused the injury, but still keeping the arm moving) and following other principles for managing an acute injury including ice, compression and elevation. If your elbow pain persists it is a good idea to see a doctor or health professional such as a physiotherapist to get an assessment and some specific treatment advice.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that happens when a nerve in your wrist (called the median nerve) is compressed or squeezed as it passes through the wrist. This happens when the area inside your wrist becomes inflamed. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes a tingling feeling or pins and needles, numbness, and sometimes a pain in the hand.
Symptoms of tendonitis (or ‘tendinitis’) tend to occur at the junction where a tendon attaches to a bone and often include pain described as a dull ache, especially with certain movements. There may be localised tenderness to touch and sometimes this is accompanied by mild swelling.

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing a physiotherapist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes: 

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

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If you are suffering through elbow, wrist and hand injuries, see us about alleviating your symptoms, and start working on a personalised treatment plan to cure or manage pain as a short and long-term solution.