Shoulder, Arm or Hand

The Shoulder, Arms and Hands can suffer a variety of pain and injuries. Here are the most frequently asked questions. For further information and to book an appointment to treat your upper limb injury or pain, call us on 97839990.

Common Issues

Arthritis in the Hand

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common of all joint diseases. It is the gradual wearing away of cartilage that eventally causes joint deterioration. There is an increased incidence of OA in women and OA affects women more severely.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common condition affecting the hand in the western world. It affects 10% of the working and non working population.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a common hand condition, it occurs most commonly in the thumb followed with decreasing incidence in the ring, little and index fingers

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder has no defined origin but is more prevalent in the over 40’s population group.

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Rotator Cuff Injury

The shoulder is at risk from injury in many activities. The rotator cuff can be injured through overuse or through trauma. Rotator cuff tendinopathy is common in overhead sports as well as any repeated manual tasks of reaching or lifting.

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Shoulder Dislocation and Instability

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint and is the most mobile joint in the body. It is largely dependent on its surrounding soft tissues to hold it in place. When the ball displaces out of the socket completely., this is called a dislocation. When the ball moves in the socket beyodn its normal capacity, but doesn't leave the socket, this is called shoulder instability

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Tennis Elbow

The elbow is at risk for injury in many activities, including those that you perform in your daily life such as gardening, computer work and household duties. Not all tennis elbow and golfers elbow occur due to playing those specific sports though it is considered a ''sports injury''.

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Mallet Finger

Your finger will present with the tip bent down (like a "mallet") and you will be unable to straighten it. Immediate treatment is important for a full recovery

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder has no defined origin but is more prevalent in the over 40’s population group. Frozen shoulder may exist on its own, or co-exist with other shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff injury or previous dislocation. Frozen shoulder can also occur post surgery, including breast surgery.

What Is The Difference Between Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow?

The elbow tendon on the outside is often referred to as ‘tennis elbow’ and the tendon on the inside of your elbow if referred to as ‘golfers elbow’. These can both be injured through overuse, poor gripping technique, weakness in both the forearm and shoulder muscles, or through trauma.

How Can I Treat Arthritis in the Hand?

Your Hand Therapist will assess the stage of deterioration of the joint by viewing x-rays and performing clinical tests. You will be given information on joint protection techniques and small aids and appliances that can be used for everyday tasks that will reduce the wear and tear on the joint thereby minimising pain.

What Are The Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The 3 major predisposing factors to the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are being female, middle aged and obese. Other causes include systemic disorders such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Fractures and dislocations of the wrist can also be a cause as they disrupt the carpal tunnel.

What Is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a common hand condition. Triggering of the finger or thumb develops when the tendon that bends the finger is unable to glide freely because of a nodule or swelling. This causes the tendon to catch on the pulley at the base of the finger in the palm. The finger may “lock” or “trigger” suddenly following attempt to make a fist and then extend with a “snap”.

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