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Hello Jessica, I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today. Did the ligament tear occur in the elbow?
Hello Jessica,Following may help you;1) Wrist brace; this can be bought at health store. Use it only in day time. Remove it when you are sleeping.2) Avoid working too much on computers (mouse and key board work can aggravate it).3) Ice compresses.4) Local analgesic cream or spray.5) Advil / Aleve; this reduces the tissue inflammation.6) Avoid lifting weight / avoid heavy work.7) Very mild massage at tender points twice a day.This can be;1) Wrist sprain2) Tendonitis3) Bursitis4) Carpal tunnel syndrome.5) Myofascial pain syndrome
MRI and ultrasonography scans are able to differentiate the conditions. Though a clinical diagnosis by a physical examination by an orthopedic doctor also would be usually conclusive.
Treatment also entails;
1) A specific and goal-directed Physical Therapy program; supervised stretching exercises have significant role
2) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can be considered in resistant cases.
3) Iontophoresis and phonophoresis
4) Short wave diathermy
5) Anti-inflammatory analgesics
6) Local analgesic cream / ointment / patch / spray
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
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