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COMMON
PROBLEMS
ELBOW

ELBOW PAIN IS USUALLY THE RESULT
OF REPEATED WORK-RELATED ACTIVITIES
LEADING TO OVERUSE OR A SPECIFIC
SPORTING TRAUMA.

COMMON
PROBLEMS
ELBOW

ELBOW PAIN IS USUALLY THE RESULT
OF REPEATED WORK-RELATED ACTIVITIES
LEADING TO OVERUSE OR A SPECIFIC
SPORTING TRAUMA.

WHAT IS
ELBOW PAIN

Elbow pain is usually the result of repeated work-related activities leading to overuse or a specific sporting trauma. Repeated movements cause the tendon attachments to overload causing inflammation & pain. Other traumatic events can strain or rupture ligaments, aggravate bursae, fracture bony prominences or entrap nerves leading to inflammation and restricted movements.

The Physio will test the elbow for imbalances in range of motion, joint stiffness and ligament laxity. Swelling and muscle spasm can be noted & managed. Serious pathology is imaged to differnetially diagnose. Imbalances can then be managed with manual therapies and other modalities eg exercise, acupuncture, ice or heat. Predisposing factors will be addressed to prevent recurrence.


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OTHER SYMPTOMS

- Swelling on the back side of the joint

– Limited movement or stiffness

– Pins and needles down the arm and into the hand


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DO'S AND DON'TS

Do ask your physiotherapist, GP or sports physician about your condition, don’t ignore it! It can worsen and lead to severe symptoms and further disability.


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TREATMENTS

- Diagnosis and explanation of your specific condition

– Management of swelling and recovery to full range of movement of the elbow joint

– Massage / joint mobilization

– Stretching and strengthening to prevent further weakness & reoccurrence

– Ice & electrotherapies

– Dry needling and western acupuncture

– Bracing to unload tendons

– Xrays organized if necessary

– Referral for anti inflammatory medication from your GP if necessary



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