Overuse injuries of the elbow, forearm and wrist are very common among athletes, requiring sports rehab. Any sport that requires an athlete to perform repetitive elbow bending and straightening or constant wrist motions can cause injuries resulting in elbow and wrist pain.
The elbow is a hinged joint made up of three bones- the humerus, ulna and radius. The bones are held together with ligaments that form the joint capsule and help connect your upper arm to your forearm.
The primary motion of the forearm is rotation: the ability to turn your palm up and down. If you hold your arms at your side, with palms facing up, the ulna is the bone closest to your body and the radius is closest to your thumb
Your wrist is a complex joint made up of multiple small joints that connect the hand to the forearm. The two bones of the forearm – the radius and the ulna- and eight small carpal bones, form it.
The location and severity of elbow and wrist pain can widely vary depending on the cause. Elbow and wrist pain can be localized to a specific area of the elbow or wrist or diffused throughout. It is often accompanied by physical restriction. Elbow and wrist pain can be divided into three major categories
A thorough physical examination will usually establish the diagnosis of elbow/wrist pain. The underlying cause of elbow/wrist pain will help direct treatment and plank of care. Most instances of elbow or wrist pain can be successfully treated conservatively (physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.) although some injuries may require surgical intervention.