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Wrist and Hand

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“A challenging area that sometimes can take a little longer than other areas, however the treatment undertaken in conjunction with a home exercise programme and good advice will settle this area”

General Overview

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The elbow and lower arm is a complex area which works in a highly coordinated fashion to produce movements of great dexterity and power.

The elbow joint is classed as a hinge joint and is formed between the distal (lower) end of the humerus in the upper arm and the proximal (upper) ends of the ulna and radius in the forearm. The elbow allows for the flexion and extension of the forearm relative to the upper arm. There is also an associated joint in the upper forearm called the superior radio-ulna joint enabling rotation of the forearm. Like other synovial joints, the ends of the bones making up the joint are covered in a thin smooth layer of articular cartlidge.

The joint capsule of the elbow provides strength and lubrication to the elbow. A network of ligaments surrounding the joint capsule helps the elbow joint maintain its stability and resist mechanical stresses. Some of the key muscles of the forearm attach near the elbow, making it a common site for injury (e.g. ‘Tennis Elbow’).

The hand and wrist are a complicated array of 27 bones and multiple joints, plus countless ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They enable the hand to be used in a vast number of ways. It is capable of incredibly precise movements combined with the strength required for gripping and lifting.

Wrist and Hand Conditions that we treat

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist tendinitis
  • De-Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Carpal instabilities
  • Arthritis
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex tears
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Trigger finger
  • Finger dislocations
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Post surgery
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Your condition will be thoroughly assessed by your physiotherapist, who will explain their findings and discuss the proposed treatment plan with you for your agreement. Please ring the clinic

When treating back problems it is particularly important to try and address the cause of the problem to try to prevent reoccurrence.  You will be given a tailored exercise program to prevent any further problems. Call the clinic to book in

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