Elbow Pain

Your elbow is a complex joint that allows you to rotate your forearm and make pushing and pulling movements.

  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Ulnar Nerve Dysfunction

An injury or strain to the bones, surrounding muscles or tendons, which attach the muscles to the bone in your elbow joint can cause elbow pain. Also elbow pain can arise from damage to the elbow joints network or blood vessels, nerves, ligaments and connective tissue. Sometimes, problems with your upper arm, back, neck or shoulder, forearm or wrist can result in elbow pain.

Elbow pain isn’t seen as serious, but because you use your elbow joint constantly for daily activities, elbow pain can definitely affect your life.

Elbow pain can be caused by many problems. A common cause is tendonitis, the tendon is the soft tissue, which attaches the muscle to the bone and this can become inflamed and cause pain.

People who play racquet sports or golf can often injure the tendon on the outside of the elbow, for this reason it is often referred to as tennis elbow or golfers elbow.

Any repetitive strenuous movement of the wrist or arm can cause elbow pain such as gardening, using a screw driver or playing baseball.

Other common causes of elbow pain are:-

  • Bursitis —a fluid-filled cushion beneath the skin which becomes inflammed
  • Arthritis —loss of cartilage in the elbow or narrowing of the joint space
  • Elbow strains
  • Infection of the elbow

If too much stress is placed on the elbow joint, tendon or muscle a more serious type of elbow injury can occur. The liquid filled sac between joints is called the bursa, when this becomes inflamed it is called bursitis. When the bursa becomes inflamed your elbow may ache and swell. Olecranon bursitis appears as swelling in the “funny bone”. During more serious cases there may be a redness and heat due to the inflammation or an infection.

If there is an infection there will be a hardness and heat to the affected area. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis or gout may experience olecranon bursitis. An infection or pinched nerve will also cause severe swelling, elbow pain, or other symptoms. Osteoarthritis is a more serious ailment which causes elbow pain due to the cartilage wearing down and the bones rubbing on each other.

Tennis elbow (epicondylitis) is the most common syndrome occurring when the soft tissues and muscle of the elbow become inflamed. This can be due to repetitive activities and movements or overuse. Such activities as golf, racquet sports, throwing, lifting, swimming and work can cause overuse. Flexion and extension of the wrist aggravate the forearm and elbow causing pain.

Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when the nerve connected to the ulna is pinched. When the ulna nerve is pinched symptoms of pain, burning, tingling and numbness can occur from the elbow down to the middle and little fingers.

Treatment

Elbow Pain can be successfully treated 100% of the time if you can find the underlying cause, rather than just the symptoms. During your assessment your practitioner will carry out a full body assessment to look at your alignment and function (how your body moves and which muscle it uses to do so).

This form of Elbow Pain assessment not only assesses your elbow pain symptoms, it also identifies the root cause. For example, the root cause of elbow pain may be caused by a mis-alignment elsewhere in the body that causes your elbow to function incorrectly. Physology treat both the elbow pain and the cause to ensure symptoms don’t return.

Your practitioner will explain why your elbow pain started in simple terms you understand. You will also be left with your assessment form which will have diagrams and details of your injury which you can refer to at a later date to see the fast results you will achieve with Physology.

After your assessment we can begin treatment which also takes place in your first appointment. At the end of the appointment an outlined treatment plan is discussed which will successfully treat your elbow pain symptoms AND eradicate the cause to prevent re-occurrence of your elbow pain.

Treatment with Physology

Physology can get you pain free results with our elbow pain treatment.

We can identify the root cause to your pain and explain in more detail the mechanism of your elbow pain. Your Physology practitioner will create a treatment plan to correct the postural issues and treat all the damaged tissues required to get you pain free.

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