Are you experiencing pain in the shoulder, elbow or wrist?
What's your exact problem?
The shoulder offers the largest range of motion of any joint in the human body. If your shoulder stops functioning normally, it can prevent you from participating in overhead sports or work. When the condition is more severe, it can affect even normal activities such as combing your hair, putting on your shirt and so on. Commonly experienced shoulder problems include frozen shoulder, shoulder instability, calcific tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, ACJ dislocation, biceps problems, SLAP tears, impingement, AC degeneration, suprascapular nerve and scapulothoracic disorders. Symptoms experienced range from pain, stiffness and inability to move. For some patients, night pain can be highly troublesome and with sudden movements pain may intensify.
The elbow is a complex joint formed by the upper arm (the humerus), the forearm (the radius and ulna) and an intricate system of ligaments and muscles, which connect the bones. Elbow injuries are common and can be extremely painful for both adults and children. Commonly experienced elbow problems include distal biceps rupture, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury, medial epicondititis and lateral epicondititis. A few symptoms that one may experience are sudden pain with a snapping feeling and swelling or bruising. For a few, the biceps may appear to have rolled up in the arm. In partial (incomplete) tears, slowly increasing pain is felt with activities, and arm may feel weak. The pain often becomes nagging in nature, and may disturb sleep at night.
The wrist joint is formed by several small bones (carpal bones) and ligaments, and a disorder of any one of these can result in pain and function loss. It is common to experience pain in the wrist. It is often caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries; also, wrist pain can result from long-term problems, such as repetitive stress (holding a heavy bat/ racquet), arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Actions like turning a doorknob, opening a jar, holding heavy bat etc could aggravate the pain. In addition to pain, one mat experience clicks or catching in the wrist. Some patients have a sensation of weakness in the wrist and forearm. The entire forearm may feel weak. Wrist movements, and even grasping, can make the pain worse.
As we've already seen that patients may face different problem with the upper limb, our treatment plan varies from one patient to another. The patient condition and symptoms determine the treatment that can vary from one or more of the following - lifestyle changes, exercise modifications, injections, surgery and alternative medicine.