Elbow, Wrist and Hand

Physical Therapy for Golfer’s Elbow

Golfers elbow is a term used to describe pain on the inside of the arm. Although it is commonly seen in golf, this injury is not limited to those who play the sport, or any sport at all. Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is frequently diagnosed in baseball players due to repetitive throwing….

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Kinesiology tape application

Kinesiology Tape: What is It & How Can It Help Arm Pain?

  Kinesiology tape was designed to provide continued treatment between therapy visits. It is believed to relieve pain, support weak or injured tissues, inhibit overactive muscles, excite underactive muscles, help manage scars, and reduce swelling. Frequently asked questions: How does it help with arm pain? Tape can help relieve pressure on the muscle by decreasing…

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Hannah playing violin

Patient Success Story: Meet Hannah

“I have played the violin nearly all my life. In 2015, I received a Doctorate in Violin Performance from Arizona State University. As a professional violinist, I work in a wide variety of settings—from teaching young students to working with college-age students, and performing regularly with the Portland Opera and Oregon Symphony. In 2017, I…

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Ice vs Heat: Which is better?

Ice vs Heat: Which is better for physical therapy? If there is one question we are asked nearly every day in physical therapy, it’s: “which is better, ice or heat?” Well, the answer depends on the individual and the timeline of the injury. Here’s some information to help guide your decision next time you are…

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (Part 2) – Splinting

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful tendonitis on the thumb side of your wrist. This inflammation causes the lining (sheath) around the tendon to thicken and become rough, making it difficult for the tendons to glide through the sheath as they move your thumb. Some of the associated symptoms may include: May have swelling near…

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Ulnar Wrist Pain

Pain or discomfort located on the small-finger side of the wrist is commonly categorized as ulnar wrist pain. It is named after a bone in the forearm, the ulna, which runs from the elbow down to the wrist bones. There are many mechanisms or causes of ulnar wrist pain. Injuries may occur suddenly, as with a sprain…

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Tennis Elbow (Part 2) – Splinting

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. Symptoms usually develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks or months. At…

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the inside of the elbow, an area often referred to as the “funny bone.” At this site, the ulnar nerve lies next to the bone, with little padding over it, and is susceptible to pressure. CAUSES Overuse: Repetitive bending of…

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tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Causes

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Symptoms of tennis elbow? Symptoms develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks…

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carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through a narrow passageway in the wrist, which is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and a band of connective tissue on the top. Typical Causes:    Repetitive gripping over a sustained period. Swelling after…

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