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Upper Limb Clinic

Are you suffering from elbow, wrist or hand pain?

  • Have you fallen and landed on your arm or hand?
  • Do you feel a sharp pain in the wrist when pouring a kettle or opening a door?
  • Is your elbow or wrist painful to play tennis, golf or go to the gym?
  • Have you hurt your finger playing sport or rock climbing?
  • Are you getting tingling in the palm of your hand?
  • Is your thumb painful texting, using a mouse or lifting things?

If you answered yes, then our upper limb clinic is for you.

Upper limb problems are less common than back pain, sports injuries and shoulder pain, however, still cause a number of people to see a physiotherapist.

There are number of problems that can affect your upper limb such as:

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Snapping triceps and ulna nerve dislocation
  • Wrist tendinopathy
  • De Quervians tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Rheumatological problems affecting the wrist and fingers such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Referred pain from the neck

We will assess your upper limb (as well as neck and shoulder if required) and let you know what is causing your pain and put a treatment and exercise plan together for you.

In your first session with the physiotherapist we will carry out a very detailed assessment of your problem area asking you how long you have had to pain, what may have caused it, how your symptoms differ throughout the day, what aggravates your symptoms and what eases your symptoms, and also ask you some past medical history.

Once we have conducted this interview with you we will then assess your upper limb looking at your movement, strength and flexibility, and we will also do an ultrasound scan of your affected area. Ultrasound scans are very good at imaging the tendons of the elbow, wrist and fingers, some of the ligaments as well as some of the major peripheral nerves. Once we come up with a diagnosis we will implement a treatment plan for your upper limb problem designed to reduce your pain and improve your function. 

Ready to Make a Change?

At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists, Podiatrists & Osteopaths are here to help!

 

Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.

Management of upper limb injuries

Elbow pain

The most common cause of lateral elbow pain is tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. Other diagnoses can include osteochondritis dissecans, lateral ligament injury or posterior interosseous nerve entrapment. The most common cause or medial elbow pain is medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow.

Neither of these problems are inflammatory disorders and thus incorrectly named. It is more of a tendinopathy of the common extensor origin (CEO) and common flexor origin (CFO).

Tennis elbow is diagnosed mainly by symptoms, based and by the location of pain, confirmed by pain and weakness on resisted wrist and 3rd digit extension and tenderness on palpation of the lateral epicondyle. Similarly golfer’s elbow is also confirmed by location of pain, palpation of the medial epicondyle and pain and weakness on wrist flexion. Both can be supported by imaging especially US imaging.

Treatment

Steroid injections can have a short rapid improvement in symptoms but quite a quick decline and then at 1 year follow up a lower efficacy and improvement in symptoms. A wait and see approach and physiotherapy have a slower improvement in symptoms but have a greater resolution at 1 year follow up with physiotherapy being superior to a wait and see approach.

Physiotherapy treatment should consist of a gradual and progressive strengthening programme for the forearm muscles. Exercise combined with shockwave therapy may have a better a better resolution in symptoms. Adjuncts to treatment include soft tissue release, joint mobilisation, acupuncture and taping. Tennis elbow straps should also be worn to offload the CEO and CFO.

Cubital and carpal tunnel syndrome

These injuries affect the ulna and median nerve in the arm at the elbow and wrist respectively. These are nerve compression injuries and can lead to tingling into the palm of the hand (median nerve) and little and ring finger (ulna nerve). If there is more severe nerve compression it will result in weakness of the muscles of the wrist and hand. Alongside clinical assessment ultrasound scans are very useful for picking up these nerve compressions.

Treatment may consist of neural mobilisation, acupuncture and splinting. Referral for injections may also be warranted.

Wrist tendinopathy

Tendinopathies of the wrist typically affect the tendons of extensor compartment 1 (the thumb tendons – also called De Quervains tenosynovitis) or extensor compartment 6 (the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon). These are usually overload injuries, but can also be caused by inflammatory arthritis.

Clinical assessment and ultrasound scans will help to identify which tendons have been injured and if there may be an inflammatory component to the symptoms.

Treatment should consist of a gradual and progressive strengthening programme for the tendons, acupuncture and splinting. Referral for injections may also be warranted.

Trigger finger

Trigger finger affects the tendons in the hand that run to the fingers. If the tendon becomes thickened and catch beneath the tendon pulleys it can make it difficult to move the affected finger or thumb and can result in a clicking sensation. The tendons can be very well imaged on ultrasound to see if there is a trigger finger or other inflammatory problem such as inflammatory arthritis.

Trigger finger can be treated with resting and splinting the affected fingers, using anti-inflammatories, and progressively strengthening the tendons.

 

Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.

Marina Williams

These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.

Gerry Sweetland

Booked an appointment for the same day on a Saturday. Adele has been very welcoming and helpful, providing useful advice as well as efficient treatment. Great local clinic, will definitely come back and recommend.

Jean Reverdy

Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.

~ Nick Outlaw

I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!

Vanessa Harriss

Meet The Team

Andreas

Andreas

Osteopath
& Massage Therapist

Beatrice

Beatrice

Osteopath & Women's
Health Specialist

Christina

Christina

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist

Jack

Jack

Podiatrist
 

kim-stanford

Kim Stanford

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
 

Steve

Steve

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Nutritional Therapist 

wilson

Wilson Mbutu

Senior Physiotherapist
 

anil-umer
Anil Umer

Massage Therapist
 

Ermelinda

Ermelinda

Massage Therapist
 

Shruti-Srivastava
Shruti Srivastava

Massage Therapist
 

anna

Anna

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

Chara
Chara

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

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Kitti Perlaki

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

Melinda-Bernath
Melinda Bernath

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

ursala
Ursula

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

Get In Touch

Request a call back - tell us about your problem… if you’re not sure what physiotherapy or osteopathy are and whether they can help your problem request a call back from one of our expert therapists. We can listen to your problem and let you know if we can help... just leave your details using the contact form and we'll be in touch as soon as possible!

Cancellation Policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge and may affect future appointments that we are able to offer you.
Thank you.

Telephone Reception

We have reception cover most of the time we are open, however if you can't get through it's quick and easy to book online. Please be aware that calls to Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy are recorded to comply with ICO data protection and the recordings are stored for 3 months then deleted. All stored information is password protected.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:30
Thursday 08:00 - 20:30
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

No reception cover on Sundays, the door may be locked so ring the bell. 

Sara Phillips
Sara Phillips
2022-06-08
Lauren Dodds
I entered Steve's massage competition at Wandsworth Physiotherapy never expecting to win but was delighted to win a year of deep tissue massages. I had previously seen Steve for chronic shoulder and back pain so winning treatment for a whole year was a real treat and it has helped keep my pain at bay. After each session, I could instantly feel the benefit with tension and stress in my muscles depleted. Thank you for running such an amazing competition! Professional, effective and flexible booking.
Lauren Dodds
2022-06-03
Lucinda Hearth
I saw Steve Hines after suffering with glute pain for several months. By using an ultrasound he was able to diagnose the issue straight away and then target the treatment - turns out it was a hamstring issue causing it which I'm not sure would have been picked up otherwise. Steve suggested a combination of physio and shockwave therapy, and home exercises, which have worked wonders and the issue is now almost resolved. Highly recommend Steve and the team at Wandsworth Physio.
Lucinda Hearth
2022-05-29
Florrie Barber
Florrie Barber
2022-05-24
Rose Harvey
I can highly recommend Wandsworth physio - I have seen Steve for various running niggles and always received really knowledgeable and practical advice to solve the route cause of the problem. There's also a whole range of treatment options available such as acupuncture, shockwave and ultrasound - all really helpful to have in one place!
Rose Harvey
2022-05-18
Mary Foley
Great physio/massage. Would strongly recommend. Really good team and the pummelling definitely helps to fix the sore bits!!
Mary Foley
2022-05-07
Kris Boger
Stephen is a real expert and has been incredibly helpful for me on two separate injuries. He has deep knowledge of various treatments and in my case was able to offer one of the latest innovations, which ended up really helping. Highly recommend.
Kris Boger
2022-05-06
Conny Nielsen
I'd had problems with my shoulders, neck and mid-back for a long time due to many years of office work, bad posture and having a newborn baby to carry around. I was treated by Wilson who was extremely helpful and managed to help rid me of my pain! I have since moved to Denmark, but wish I could have taken him with me! An absolute gem who is not just great at what he does, but was so, so lovely and understanding. I give him the highest recommendation.
Conny Nielsen
2022-04-28
Ben Ramsden
I’ve seen Steve at Wandsworth Physiotherapy twice over the last couple of years (once for my wrist and again for my hamstring). I found Steve very knowledgeable, answering all my questions, and the treatment effective. I also like the efficient and flexible booking system.
Ben Ramsden
2022-04-22
Marion Houlet
Stephen was great! Although I don’t like to cook nor eat, he found the solution to my problem and I have much more energy now for my Yoga and Movement journey.
Marion Houlet
2022-03-22
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