Helpful Treatment Information
This is a condition involving the flexor tendons of the forearm. These are the muscles that bend the wrist and fingers, and rotate the forearm. They are active during gripping and pulling actions. Pain can occur at the elbow and radiate to the forearm and hand. Occasionally there may be tingling or numbness to the 4th and 5th fingers. Most common causes are overuse of the flexor muscles due to unaccustomed or prolonged activity, or a sudden, forceful pull on the fingers hand or wrist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed in the wrist by any number of factors which differ from one person to another. This causes tingling in the fingers followed by pain and possibly weakness. Conservative treatment is aimed at decreasing the compressive factors, while maintaining optimum function of the hand and wrist structures.
Surgery may be discussed with your doctor if conservative treatment is not successful.
Osteoarthritis of the thumb is a common condition, usually affecting the joints at the base of the thumb. It is a degenerative condition, influenced by overloading the joint in work or daily activities. There is often a family history of similar arthritic problems. Wear and tear on the joint results in pain, deformity, and impaired function of the hand.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis (epicondylosis) is a condition involving the extensor tendons/muscles of the forearm. These are the muscles that bend the wrist back and straighten the fingers. They are active in grip and stabilize the wrist during activity. Pain can occur at the elbow or radiate to the forearm and hand. The most common causes of tennis elbow are overuse of the extensor muscles (due to unaccustomed or prolonged activity) or direct trauma to the elbow area.