You use your elbow in so many ways, your elbow lets you throw, lift, swing etc. Therefore, elbow pain can be very frustrating. Your elbow is a joint formed where three bones come together- upper arm bone, called the humerus, the ulna & the radius which allows you to both extends & flex, as well as rotate your hand and forearm. If anything happens to any of these parts, it may cause pain.

Elbow disorders may involve arm muscles, elbow ligaments, tendons, bones in the arm & bursae.

Different types of elbow disorders

  • Medial epicondylitis
  • Dislocation or fracture of the elbow
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Ligament strains and sprains

Causes

  • Broken arm
  • Sprains
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Bursitis 
  • Throwing injuries
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Dislocated elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trapped nerves
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

  • Dull ache when at rest
  • Pain when opening the fingers (tennis elbow)
  • Weak grip
  • Pain when making a fist (golfer’s elbow)
  • Pain when trying to grasp objects, especially with the arm stretched out.
  • Soreness around the affected elbow bump

Prevention

  • Correction of improper sport techniques
  • Use a proper-sized grip on sports equipment
  • Use proper tension on racquets
  • Warming up and stretch properly
  • Use elbow padding

Treatment with physical therapy at SOS Physio Rehab

Physical therapy at SOS Physio Rehab may be useful to help you build up the strength in your elbow and prevent the condition returning. Our physical therapists use different techniques & exercises to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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