Simple tasks such as writing, lifting objects, or flexing the arm can become arduous with elbow pain. Unfortunately, it is a common issue affecting individuals and their daily activities.
The elbow is a pivot point in the body made up of three joints that connect the arm and the forearm. In addition, it helps one flex and extends the arm and pronates and supinate the arm. It has three joints: the glenohumeral joint, the humeroradial joint, and the superior radioulnar joint, where the distal humerus articulates with the proximal radial and ulna bones to bring about movement of the arm.
The ulnar nerve runs along the medial part of the elbow joint, which is vulnerable to direct attack or hit. An example is when one strikes the elbow against a hard surface. It produces a tingling sensation running along the medial part of the forearm, affecting the forearm and, sometimes, the pinky and ring finger in extension. Also, the olecranon is the most exposed bony region when the elbow joint is completely flexed, and as such, it is exposed to bruising. As a conduit point that conducts vessels from the arm to the forearm, there is a tendency for these vessels to be injured, inflamed and occluded. An elbow pain physiotherapist can examine and assess the elbow joint to determine the root cause and help develop a treatment plan for relief.
If you are in Sherwood Park, we have expert physiotherapists that carry out a thorough assessment to diagnose and treat your symptoms. Personalized exercise programs can be recommended. Visit the Emerald Hills Physio & Sports Clinic today.
Common causes of elbow pain include:
Arthritis is simply the inflammation of the joint. Arthritis can be caused by exogenous means such as bacteria or viral infection and endogenous means such as gout (urate crystals being embedded in the joint space) and wear and tear. Elbow physiotherapy can help reduce symptoms.
A fracture occurs due to the breaking or cracking of the bone. Elbow fractures can be caused by a fall or sports injury leading to dislocation and ligament sprains. One must see a physiotherapist to prevent total damage to the joint.
Also called lateral epicondylitis, it is caused by repetitive arm motions and overload or overuse of the tendons to weaken arm muscles.
Other causes that may result in elbow discomfort include;
Generally, the common symptoms of elbow pain are:
Professional medical practitioners or certified physiotherapists must examine elbow pains before management plans are debated to rule out obscure plans and adopt or develop treatments to eliminate the pain and strengthen elbow muscles.
At Emerald Clinic in Sherwood, our primary goal is to alleviate discomfort, improve range of motion and ensure a healthy lifestyle. After thorough physical examination and consultation, our physiotherapists may recommend treatment options such as soft tissue massage, ice massage, acupressure, warm-up exercises, or shockwave therapy.
As your therapeutic regimen progresses, your physiotherapist will review your treatment and educate you on techniques to improve your overall health and prevent elbow pain or discomfort from reoccurring sooner or later.
If you have recurring elbow pain or discomfort in the elbow region, book a session with us immediately and let us help restore you to healthy living.
Elbow pain physiotherapy may involve various techniques, including exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, manual therapy to reduce pain and stiffness, and modalities such as ice, heat, or ultrasound to promote healing.
Elbow pain physiotherapy can effectively treat many conditions that cause elbow pain and dysfunction. However, the success of treatment depends on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and the patient’s commitment to the treatment program.
Elbow pain physiotherapy can help strengthen the muscles and improve the elbow’s flexibility and range of motion, which may help prevent future injuries or re-injury.
Elbow pain physiotherapy can treat various conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the elbow, including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis, among others.