Weakness or pain gripping

Pain in or on the elbow when gripping things such as a screwdriver, door handle or holding a bag can be acute or chronic. Pain on gripping is usually associated with a flexor or extensor muscle issue or tendonopathy and this can be from overuse or a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Pain on gripping can indicate an epicondylitis problem and can also be associated with inflammation.

Weakness can be created due to nerve damage or a disc injury from the neck. Also fatigue or disuse will also create weakness whilst gripping. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Tennis Elbow

    Tennis Elbow

    Tennis Elbow is a general term used to describe pain on the outside of the elbow. The most common causes is inflammation or degeneration of the tendon of the wrist extensor muscles as they insert into the elbow. It is also known as lateral epicondylitis or extensor tendinopathy.

  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome

    Radial Tunnel Syndrome

    Radial tunnel syndrome or radial nerve entrapment as it is sometimes called is when the radial nerve gets compressed or restricted in the tunnel it passes through.

  • Golfers Elbow

    Golfers Elbow

    Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis is an overuse injury similar to tennis elbow (on the outside of the arm) but causing pain on the inside of the elbow instead. It is sometimes known as throwers elbow or little league elbow. We explain the symptoms, causes and treatment to return you back to full fitness in the shortest time.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

    The cubital tunnel is an area on the inner elbow through which the ulnar nerve passes. Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression on the nerve and may also be known as ulnar nerve compression or hitting your 'funny bone'.

  • Median Nerve Injury

    Median nerve injury

    Injury to the median nerve at the elbow may cause symptoms to appear in the forearm, wrist and hand.

  • Hook of Hamate Fracture

    Hook of Hamate Fracture

    The wrist contains a number of small bones called carpals. The hamate is a carpal bone on the outside (little finger side) of the wrist. It has a hook shaped part which protrudes outwards can under certain circumstances can be fractured.

  • Triquetrum Fracture

    Triquetrum Fracture

    A Triquetral Fracture is a break of the Triquetral bone or sometimes called triquetrum and is one of the eight small carpal bones in the wrist. The Triquetral is the second most commonly fractured carpal, behind the Scaphoid.

  • Radiohumeral Bursitis

    Radiohumeral bursitis can also give similar symptoms to tennis elbow. This is inflammation of a bursa or small sack of fluid which sits between the tendon and the bone to help lubricate it.

  • Elbow Avulsion Fracture

    Avulsion fracture of the medial epiconyle is when the tendon comes away from the bone and can take part of the bone with it.

  • Elbow Apophysitis

    Apohysitis is a condition affecting children and adolescents and is a crumbling of the bone at the point the tendon attaches to. It is similar to apohysitis in the knee (Osgood schlatters disease) or at the back of the heel (Severs' diease). Apohysitis is usually something children will grow out of by the age of 16 or 17 although the condition does need to be managed properly with plenty of rest. Applying ice or cold therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Lateral Elbow Pain

    The most common term for pain on the outside of the elbow is Tennis Elbow (Llateral Epicondylitis). However there are a number of other causes of lateral elbow pain which should be considered as well as acute elbow injuries such as ligament sprains and fractures. Other potential causes of pain on the outside of the elbow include referred pain, radial tunnel syndrome, synovitis, bursitis and osteochondritis dissecans.

  • Medial Elbow Pain

    Medial elbow is pain on the inside of the elbow. It usually comes on gradually through overuse but can also be an acute injury, especially when throwing. Golfer's elbow or throwers elbow is probably the most common name given to pain on the inside of the elbow and refers to inflammation or degeneration of the flexor tendon. Other causes include sprains (ligament tears), nerve compression, avulsion fractures apohysitis and pain referred from the upper back or shoulder.

  • Forearm Pain

    Pain in the forearm can be sudden onsest (acute) and include fractures of either the radius or ulna bones. Gradual onset pain in the forearm can be caused by nerve impingements or from overuse of the wrist. Or from referred pain higher up the arm or shoulder.

  • Acute Wrist Injuries

    Sudden onset injuries are called acute injuries and are usually caused by a fall onto the hand with an outstretched arm or a forced twisting movement. Damage can occur to the bones, ligaments (connect bone to bone) or tendons (connect muscle to bone) in the wrist.  In the first 72 hours, the first aid principles of P.R.I.C.E. are advised including protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.  If a broken bone (fracture) is suspected, then always seek medical advice immediately.