Elbow pain is a common complaint and usually happens after direct impact or repetitive strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons around the elbow joint. This can result in two pathologies commonly known as Golfers elbow and Tennis elbow. These are conditions where pain is experienced around the inner or outside of the elbow and may also travel down to the rest of the forearm. Although the name would lead you to believe that it is a problem only experienced by keen golfers and tennis players, this is not the case.
Golfers Elbow can be diagnosed by a description of the pain you are experiencing. For example if you feel pain when touching the innermost part of the elbow or if the pain worsens when you grasp something, Golfer’s Elbow should be suspected. Pain is often felt when carrying out everyday activities, especially when gripping (Eg. turning a doorhandle).
Tennis Elbow is characterised by pain over the outer side of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. There is pain when the Lateral Epicondyle (outermost part of the elbow) is touched, and also if the elbow is straight and the hand is bent at the wrist. The elbow pain is made worse by gripping activities and, in some cases, simple things like shaking hands or squeezing objects can be extremely painful.
Despite the pain felt with these pathologies there is often on inflammation of the tissue and instead tends to be more one of degenerative changes in the junction between the muscle and tendons of the forearm.
Treatment can include local massage and dry needling work coupled with joints glides to ensure mobility. A strengthening programme will be give specifically for the forearm muscles. Our experienced therapist will also look beyond just the elbow to ensure that other structures; including the neck, upper back and shoulder are working optimally to reduce the likelihood of it recurring.
Our Physiotherapists will carry out a detailed assessment of your problem, diagnose your condition and provide appropriate treatment, exercises and advice taking into account your daily needs, be it work or play.
Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience for the treatment of elbow injuries and will be able to teach you how to modify your daily activities for optimal recovery times.
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