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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. 

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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!


All appointments are secured with payment. All appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the start time or not attended will not be refunded.

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.


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.

De Quervain’s

This is a painful condition that affects the tendons going to the thumb. It is especially prevalent in new mums that are constantly lifting their baby and is sometimes referred to as mummy thumb. This condition is a tenosynovitis (tendon swelling) of the first extensor compartment just as the tendons pass over the radial styloid and scaphoid. The tendons pass under the extensor retinaculum that acts as a pulley to direct the angle of force. In De Quervain’s syndrome two things can happen – first the tendons t become thicker and irritated much like in other tendinopathies, and secondly the retinaculum also thickens causing a rubbing of the tendon. This irritates the tendon and causes the tenosynovitis. 

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.

Thumb arthritis

The base of the thumb consists of two different joints that can be affected by arthritis. The CMC and STT joints. The CMC joint consists of the trapezium (one of the carpal bones) and the first metacarpal. This is perhaps the most worn joint in the body and susceptible to arthritis. The joint between the scaphoid, trapezium and trapezoid bones in the wrist known as the STT joint is also vulnerable to arthritic injury and can lead to base of the thumb pain. An ultrasound scan can help to establish which joint is causing pain and treated with an ultrasound guided steroid injection. 

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



Senior Osteopath and Massage Therapist


Practice Manager



Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

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Foj William Olawo

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist



 Senior Podiatrist


Advanced Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

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Clinical Administrator & Receptionist



Clinical Administrator & Receptionist


Chartered Physiotherapist



Chartered Physiotherapist



Senior Chartered Physiotherapist



Clinical Lead Chartered Physiotherapist

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Clinical Administrator & Receptionist

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Please note: Enquiries are checked daily and will be responded to within 24 hours during clinic open hours.

Cancellation Policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our therapists and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. All appointments are secured with payment. All appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the start time or not attended will not be refunded. Failure to make payment on request will affect future appointments that we are able to offer you.
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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 - 21:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00
Thursday 08:00 - 21:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

No reception cover on Sundays - please book online, the door may be locked so ring the bell.

Annie Neill
Annie Neill
Rogel referred me to a consultant before treating me as he wanted to rule out a frozen shoulder before he started physiotherapy. His suspicion of my having a frozen shoulder was correct. This allowed me to get the correct diagnosis and corresponding treatment done quickly and efficiently.
Sophie Dolecki
Sophie Dolecki
I can't recommend this place and Physio Shreya enough! 10 weeks go I got referred to Wandsworth Physiotherapy by a friend after I was suffering with chronic neck and back pain. Shreya immediately found the cause, diagnosed me, and assured me of what the next steps would be. Not only does Shreya have healing hands, she continuously helped me mentally. After all of the advice, exercises, and dry needling, I am now pain free and able to return to my everyday activities (including exercise). Thank you Shreya, you are incredible!
Andreea Craciun
Andreea Craciun
This place is great! I got here with a really bad pain in my shoulder and neck and I got better really fast. I got treated by Shreya, who is AMAZING. Really good therapist, doing a mix of techniques to relieve pain, and also really empathetic. She id also specialised in sports, which means she was able to advise on how I can continue my regular workouts, despite my pain. I am always looking forward to my sessions here and I can see great progress with my injury. 10/10 would recommend!
Emma Morgan
Emma Morgan
Christina has been treating some issues with my neck, back and shoulders for 18 months now and she is the best physiotherapist I’ve ever had. She is a miracle worker with massage but also educates me about posture, injury prevention and the best forms of exercise and injury care. She is A-MAZING.
Anne-Sophie Houédé
Anne-Sophie Houédé
I've had about 8 sessions at Wandsworth Physiotherapy. Rogel did an amazing job and has been able to help me with the tendinopathy I've had for about 2 years! He created a plan especially for my own goal. I've had shockwave therapy, some exercises to do and advices on the sport I could do and when. Great place!
Kelly Hamer
Kelly Hamer
Rogel, your customer service is amazing! You took time to listen and understand issues. The treatment and exercises you provided were beneficial and helped me to continue exercising and compete at Hyrox. Thank you!
Daniel Maraffi
Daniel Maraffi
Was booked in with Rogel for a shoulder injury that has been a long term problem impacting my ability to do sport. Over 5 sessions I have seen significant improvement and have been given the tools to continue to get stronger. Hoping to book in with him again for a knee injury as well. Great guy and super knowledgeable!
Chris Storey
Chris Storey
Really friendly, knowledgeable staff - would definitely recommend!
Leanne Yates
Leanne Yates
Fantastic experience and can't recommend more! Rogel has been excellent and provided expert care.
Becks Page
Becks Page
Prarthi has been absolutely fantastic at helping me to recover from a shoulder injury over the last few months. My pain had dramatically reduced after the first session and she has continued to help throughout. She is extremely knowledgeable and has really helped me to understand the mechanics of my injury. I cannot recommend her enough! Thanks so much :)

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0203 322 9455

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