Elbow Pain Radiating to Wrist
Elbow injuries are one of the most commonly reported types of injuries simply because we use and bend our arms perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of times a day, and take it for granted. It’s not until we suffer an elbow injury, that we realize how much we need a fully functioning arm and elbow to perform even the most basic tasks.
Elbow pain can come in many forms, but what if you have elbow pain radiating to your wrist? What type of elbow injury is associated with this type of symptom? Is this something that will “pass” or is it an injury that needs to be taken seriously where you need to take precautions and proactive measures if you ever want to fully recover?
This specific type of symptom is most commonly reported by Ulnar Nerve Entrapment and Tennis Elbow sufferers.
Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when the ulnar nerve which travels along the inside of your elbow and down your forearm, into the wrist and fingers becomes inflamed, swollen or pinched. This can be caused by striking your elbow, also known as hitting your “funny bone”. You may also take a hard fall or fracture your elbow which can also cause ulnar nerve entrapment. But one of the most common symptoms of this injury is tingling and numbness in the ring and little fingers, especially at night. When the ulnar nerve is pinched, messages that are sent from the brain down the arm, past the elbow, wrist and into the fingers get blocked – resulting in pain. Other sufferers occasionally report hand numbness when their elbow is bent(ie: holding your mobile phone to your ear).
If none of these symptoms sound familiar to you, then the other most commonly reported type of pain elbow to wrist is a condition called tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury that causes pain, inflammation and swelling on the outside of the elbow. What happens is that the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow experiences a tear from performing repetitive tasks over an extended period of time.
Now you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. It’s just the name that was assigned to this injury simply because the first ever reported case was by a tennis elbow player, so the name stuck.
To be sure that it is indeed tennis elbow that you are suffering from, besides the elbow pain that radiates from your elbow to wrist, you may also experience some of these other common tennis elbow symptoms:
- elbow pain that increases when you flex or extend your wrist
- a decrease in grip strength
- you notice you drop or fumble with things more often than before
- an increase in elbow pain when performing activities that require twisting actions of the forearm(ie: using a screwdriver, twisting the lid off a jar)
- a burning sensation and elbow tenderness on the outside of your elbow
- your affected arm is stiff and hard to extend fully, especially in the morning
- an increase in elbow pain when you grasp objects, (ie: turning a doorknob, carrying grocery bags, or even shaking someone’s hand)
If you can answer, “Yes, these sound all too familiar ” to any of the above symptoms, then there is a strong possibility that you are indeed suffering from the most commonly reported type of elbow injury – tennis elbow. Now as someone who suffered from tennis elbow pain, I can tell you that you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned to cash to treat and relieve the pain.
This much is true. All it really takes to completely eliminate your elbow pain radiating to your wrist and tennis elbow are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!