Strain – Elbow, wrist & hand
Strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon that may present in small or larger tears or stretching of the fibers.
Causes: A muscle strain can be caused by a trauma or accident, muscle overuse or due to dysfunctional movement. Strains can be either acute or chronic, and typically happens as a result of the muscle or tendon being stretched or torn. Strains are not restricted to athletes as anyone can be susceptible to a strain.
Symptoms: Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the mechanism of injury, or if it is an acute strain versus a chronic strain. However, common symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, muscle spasms and limited range of motion.
Examples: Lateral epicondylitis/tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis/golfer’s elbow.
How our experts can help: Depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor may recommend patient re-assurance, manual therapies, modalities and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. However, the plan of management will be individualized to the patients’ needs and examination findings. The treatment options may include:
- Patient education & re-assurance
- Mobilization or manipulation of related joints if dysfunction present
- Soft tissue therapy
- Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupuncture, ultrasound and others
- Rehabilitation and exercises
- Ergonomic & lifestyle changes