Arm, Elbow and hand pains respond favourably to physiotherapy intervention when an early treatment is sought. An accurate diagnosis is vital to the correct management of your elbow pain. Elbow pain can be caused by local muscle, tendon or joint injury. Alternatively, elbow pain can be referred from your neck joints. It’s similar to sciatica of the upper limb.
Many elbow conditions can take many months or even years to heal when the diagnosis is incorrect or treatment is neglected early. Please do not delay in consulting your physiotherapist if you experience elbow pain.
Common Sources of Elbow Pain
- DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Golfers Elbow
- Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
- Olecranon Bursitis
- Overuse Injuries
- Pinched Nerve
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury
- Stress Fracture
- Tennis Elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Elbow Arthritis
- Proximal Humeral Fracture
Common Elbow Treatments
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most elbow pain responds extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.
An Ice Pack can be used to relieve a hot painful elbow joint. Ice Packs can be applied for periods of twenty minutes every couple of hours (never apply ice directly to the skin as it can cause an ice burn).
Exercises to maintain forearm muscle strength are encouraged to provide support for the affected joint. This strengthening should be done under the supervision of a qualified Physiotherapist. Exercise Bands, Grip Strengtheners, Therapeutic Putty and Hand Therapy Balls can all be used to maintain grip strength and dexterity.
At Befit Physiotherapy, we treat all the conditions mentioned above, please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.