Common Upper Extremity Injuries treated in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Date Published: January 15, 2022

Physical Therapy for Upper Extremity Injuries

The Doctors of Physical Therapy at Accelerate Physical Therapy treat a variety of injuries sustained to the musculoskeletal system. Those specific to the upper extremities (upper body and arms) include:

Post-surgical injury (including, but not limited to…)

  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal laminectomy
  • Mumford procedure
  • ORIF repairs
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder labral repair
  • Biceps repair
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Tommy John repair
  • Wrist and hand repairs

Muscle Strains
Applies to any muscle throughout the upper extremities.

Ligament Sprains
Applies to any joint throughout the upper extremities.

Applies to any tendon throughout the upper extremities.

Applies to any bone throughout the upper extremities.

  • Upper extremity neural mechanosensitivity
    • Median, radial and ulnar nerve entrapment
    • Pronator syndrome
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical facet syndrome
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Rib subluxations
  • T4 syndrome
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis/tears
  • Subacromial impingement
  • Posterior shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder labral injury
  • ACJ sprains/separated shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocations/instability
  • Scapular dyskinesia
  • Golfer’s/Tennis elbow
  • Little league elbow 
  • Wrist sprains
  • Finger fracture and dislocations

These are common injuries you will research or hear about from an orthopedic specialist or your primary care physician. Naturally, there may be others as the upper extremities have hundreds of structures that can generate a pain response. Ultimately, if it deals with bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, a Doctor of Physical Therapy can be of service to you.

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