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.
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Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.
Management of upper limb injuries
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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