Facts about elbow / wrist pain
Most elbow disorders go away on their own
The general practitioner meets an average of 10-15 people with tennis elbow symptoms annually. The condition occurs in 1-3% of the population
Stress injuries are frequent both in connection with work and sports
The genes tend to become chronic
What is Tennis Elbow & Golf Elbow
Tennis elbow is a common term for injuries or irritation to the outer elbow joint of the elbow and the muscles that spring from here, where the golf elbow causes pain and irritation to the inner elbow joint of the elbow and the muscles that spring from here. It can be a meningitis, a tendonitis or a muscle overload.
Tennis elbow and golf elbow cause pain on the outside and / or inside of the elbow, respectively, which can pull down into the forearm. Typically, pain is experienced during load-related activities such as lifting a weight or grasping an object very hard.
In some cases, lighter activities can also trigger pain such as a handshake.
There are studies that confirm that heavy strength training has a positive effect on pain.
If the pain has been going on for a long time (over 3 months), there may be other causes for the condition. The nerves that originate from the neck can be pinched by muscles during their course down the elbow, and cause reduced nerve signals and blood flow, so the treatment should be aimed at reducing this.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The flexor tendons of the hand and fingers run in a tunnel on the inside of the wrist. The tunnel is formed at the base of the bones of the wrist and at the top of a strong ligament. To reduce friction, the tendons run into tendon sheaths. Blood vessels and nerves to the hand and fingers also run in the tunnel. With increased pressure in the tunnel, a nerve pressure called carpal tunnel syndrome can occur.
Many people experience a sleeping sensation in the hand and fingers. Burning, stinging pain may also occur. Very often there is nocturnal tingling, which decreases with movement. At higher nerve pressures, weakness or paralysis of the muscles of the thumb may occur.
Some have operations where the carpal tunnel is loosened, which provides immediate relief of the symptoms. However, there is a possibility that these will return again, as the cause of the increased pressure in the tunnel has not been addressed.
We often see that the increased pressure is due to tense muscles in the forearm or further up in the shoulder and neck. All causal relationships are potentially possible, as our body works as a unit, where the nervous system and brain decide which muscles to tense up and which to let go.
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