Hand or elbow pain

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The most common problem is from strains and sprains to soft tissues. This can be from overuse of the muscles and tendons in your hands and elbow.
Resting your joints and muscles for too long can be unhelpful as it leads to stiffness and may result in further symptoms.
Often these problems can be resolved with simple treatments and self-help techniques that can be done at home without having to visit your doctor. If your arm has suddenly started hurting and you donít know why, try treating it with ice and over-the-counter painkillers.
Further advice is in our leaflets shown on this page.
If you feel you need further help, please contact us directly or ask your GP to refer you to our physiotherapy service.

How to be referred

You can either be referred by your GP or you can self refer. Click here to refer yourself to MSK Physiotherapy.

Contact us

For general physiotherapy queries, please call 020 3224 4789.

For new referral queries, please contact our central bookings team on 020 3316 1111.

For AQP referral queries, please call 020 3224 4692.

For MSK CATS referral queries, please call 020 3224 4744.
For any queries please email whh-tr.mskadminteam@nhs.net.

Advice Leaflets

Exercise Videos

Useful Apps

Please click each title to find out more.

NHS 24 MSK Help

Advice on common muscle, back and joint problems:

  • Exercises and video clips to help you get moving safely
  • Information to help with Work Ė Working lives information
  • Reminders to do your exercises and/or attend any appointments
  • A log to keep a note of your progress


In order to be able to treat pain effectively, pain experts recommend you keep a diary. CatchMyPain allows you to track your pain problem by using detailed drawings and by providing other relevant information. The diary will help you to explain your pain problem to any care provider.

Medical iRehab Tennis Elbow

This application was designed to facilitate recovery from elbow pain due to lateral epicondylitis. Lateral epicondylitis is often referred to as tennis elbow. It is a painful condition that affects the muscles of the forearm where they attach at the outer aspect of your elbow. The application provides an overview of this injury, including general information, assistance with pain control and a treatment approach.

No carpel tunnel blog

The No Carpal Tunnel Blog was designed to help those with computer related repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome learn more about their situation, ergonomics, and hopefully make moves towards healing wrist pain.

Page last updated: 27 Jun 2017
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