Online Physiotherapy for Elbow Pain

Physiotherapy for Elbow Pain, Osteoarthritis, Elbow Replacement, Ligament Tear, and other Elbow pain conditions

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What is Elbow Pain?

Elbow pain is a very common complaint among people today, with a lot of people looking to their physio for elbow pain solutions. But what is elbow pain and why does it happen?
The elbow is a complex joint that allows for a large range of motions. It consists of three bones – the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm. Each of the bones has a cartilage padding to cushion the bones during any movement.

Pain in the elbow usually happens after direct impact or repetitive strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons around the joint. It’s often because of this that you see people looking at physiotherapy for tennis elbow pain, or physiotherapy for golfer’s elbow pain. Both these conditions are where pain is experienced around the inner or outside of the elbow and may also travel down to the rest of the forearm. And no, this doesn’t happen to only tennis players or golfers.

In most cases, you may need physiotherapy exercises for elbow pain to rid yourself of discomfort long term, since one or more tendons or muscles might be damaged due to a lifestyle or posture problem.

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Causes of Elbow Pain

Ligament Injuries
Ligaments connect bone to bone and surround a joint to provide stability and support. There are several ligaments around the joints of the elbow. When your elbow absorbs extra impact suddenly, like in a fall or crash, or from repetitive straining movements one or more ligaments may become injured This can then lead to redness and inflammation, irritation, and pain of multiple points around the elbow. It is important in this case to stop doing whatever it is that’s straining your elbow, and that’s when you might need physiotherapy treatment for elbow pain.

Muscle Strain or Tendinopathy
This is the most common reason people seek physiotherapy treatment for elbow pain. The elbow has several muscle groups that cross the joint, all of which can become strained or develop tendinopathy due to overuse. The most common elbow tendinopathy occurs at the forearm extensors insertion on the outside of the elbow resulting in a Tennis Elbow. Other common areas of elbow tendinopathy occur at the insertion of the bicep, triceps and or forearm flexors, the Golfer’s Elbow.

Bursitis
Happens usually when a huge amount of repetitive strain is put on the joint and or direct force is applied on the elbow. The most common area of bursitis is on the back of the elbow and is named Olecranon bursitis. The number one symptom here is a large pocket of swelling at the back of your elbow.

Arthritis
Osteoarthritis of the elbow typically occurs due to a previous traumatic elbow injury such as a bad accident leading to a fracture or surgery, or as a part of the natural process when you cross 60, because of wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis could also lead to pain in the elbow joint needing you to exercise for elbow pain management.

Fracture or Dislocation
There are many different kinds of fractures that can happen at the elbow but they are all most likely a result of a fall on an outstretched arm. Depending on the severity of the fracture – hairline or a complete break, you may require a sling or even surgical intervention. In either case rehabilitation always involves a physiotherapy assessment for elbow pain post surgery followed by a rehabilitation protocol. This is one of the biggest benefits of physiotherapy with regards to elbow pain.

Elbow pain examination

A physiotherapist would be your best bet to get the elbow pain examined and understand the different types of physiotherapy for elbow pain that can be used to improve your condition.

Symptoms of Elbow Pain

Golfers’ Elbows can be diagnosed by the type of the pain you are experiencing. For example if you feel pain at the innermost point of the elbow joint or if the pain worsens when you grasp something, it’s a case of Golfer’s Elbow. Pain is often felt when carrying out everyday activities, especially when gripping something like a bike handle.

Tennis Elbow on the other hand, is characterised by pain over the outer side of the elbow which may extend down the forearm. The pain point is if the Lateral Epicondyle (outermost part of the elbow) is touched or if your elbow is straight and your hand is bent downward at the wrist. The elbow pain is made worse by gripping activities, just like Golfer’s elbow.

Some of the common symptoms of elbow pain are:

  • Dull ache when at rest, even if your elbow is straight
  • You feel intense pain when making a fist (golfer’s elbow)
  • It hurts when you try opening the fingers (tennis elbow)
  • Softness and soreness around the affected elbow bump
  • Considerably weaker grip
  • You find it difficult and painful to grasp objects, especially with the arm stretched out.

This is when you realize that you need physiotherapy for the elbow joint or some form of medical intervention before the situation worsens.

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Elbow Pain Management Strategies

1. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy for the elbow joint pain is one of the best and most successful forms of pain management. It works on releasing tension on the tendons, ligaments and muscles so that they can recover, while strengthening the weaker area that isn’t firing leading to the overuse. In short, it helps cure you from the very root cause of the pain so that it doesn’t come back. There are different physiotherapy techniques for elbow pain including physiotherapy massages for elbow pain, manual therapies, exercises and so on.

2. Always Ice:

In case of shooting pain or discomfort after conducting a particular activity, always ice the inflamed region to release the tension and cool the muscle down. This usually works well to reduce pain temporarily.

3. Prepare your body for Sport

To prepare your muscles for the demands of sports participation, take time for conditioning.

4. Pick your exercises wisely

If you’re recovering or just recovered from an elbow condition, you’d be better off avoiding exercises and sports that put excess strain or impact on the elbow like badminton and golf, as well as long rides on the bike that keep your arm extended for long periods.

Physiotherapy for Elbow Pain

A physiotherapist is the best person to see when you get elbow pain, because they specialize in muscular issues and pains and aches caused by injury or wear and tear to your joints and muscles.

Why would I need Physiotherapy for Elbow pain?

To be more specific, you need physiotherapy exercises for elbow pain so that you stop wincing while you’re reading this blog and can go back to living life pain free and doing all the things that you love.

What will happen if I see a physiotherapist for elbow pain?

A Physiotherapy assessment for elbow pain is the right way forward because your physio can point out what you’re doing wrong and what you need to do right, to get on the road to recovery.

Physiotherapy Exercises & Stretches For Elbow Pain

Elbow flexion

This exercise refers to your ability to bend your elbow. To improve your elbow flexion Range of motion follow the steps below:

  1. Stand with your arms by your side.
  2. Bend your elbow up as far as possible, then grasp your forearm or wrist with your other hand and gently add overpressure.
  3. Hold the bent position of your elbow for five to 10 seconds, and then release the stretch by straightening your elbow.
  4. Repeat the exercise 10 times.

Straighten Your Act – Elbow Extension
To improve your ability to fully straighten your elbow, you must work on elbow extension ROM exercises. To do this:

  1. Sit in a chair with your elbow resting on a table. Rest your upper arm on a pillow or folded towel for comfort while you do.
  2. Straighten your elbow out all the way, and then apply pressure to your forearm or wrist to add pressure to the stretch.
  3. Straighten your elbow out as far as you can, and hold the stretch for five to 10 seconds.
  4. Release the stretch and allow your elbow to bend a bit.
  5. Repeat the exercise for 10 repetitions.

Flipside

  1. Supinate your Forearm
  2. Turning your wrist over so that your hand faces up is called supination, and this motion occurs at both your elbow and at your wrist joint.

To improve your ability to supinate your hand, perform the forearm supination ROM exercise.

  1. Stand or sit with your arm at your side and your elbow bent about 90 degrees.
  2. Keep your elbow at your side and turn your wrist and hand over so your palm faces up.
  3. To add overpressure to the stretch, use your opposite hand and reach underneath the forearm of your supinated arm. Grab your wrist and gently add overpressure by turning your hand further into supination.
  4. When a stretch is felt, hold the position for five to 10 seconds.
  5. Do 10 reps per side.

Forearm Pronation

Forearm pronation refers to your ability to turn your hand over so your palm faces the floor. This motion is extremely important in performing tasks such as pouring your favourite cuppa or keeping your hands on the desk!

  1. Stand or sit with your elbow bent 90 degrees and tucked in at your side.
  2. Turn your hand and wrist over as far as possible, then reach your other hand over the top of your forearm.
  3. Grab your wrist, and turn your arm further into a pronated position.
  4. Hold the position with overpressure for five to 10 seconds, and then release the stretch.
  5. Repeat the pronation ROM stretch 10 times.

The Towel Twist

Your forearms not being strong enough could be another reason your elbows are in pain. Here’s an effective forearm burner to try.

  1. Sit in a chair holding a towel with both hands, shoulders relaxed.
  2. Twist the towel with both hands in opposite directions as if you are wringing out water.
  3. Repeat 10 times then repeat another 10 times in the other direction.

How does Phyt Health Help

Manual therapy is an extremely effective tool to release pain in and around the elbow. It entails many ways of release but most popularly, a physiotherapy massage for elbow pain relief is quite effective. Long fascia releasing strokes from strong thumbs or knuckles along the arm – namely triceps or forearms helps ease stress on either side. Physiotherapists may also work on mobilizing the carpal bones to make it more effective and improve blood flow to the damaged or constricted tendons and ligaments. Again, one of the many types of physiotherapy for elbow pain which is greatly beneficial when used correctly.

How can a physiotherapist help me for elbow pain?

Well, physiotherapy has no side-effects and the specialized doctors have years of experience treating injuries just like yours. So what do you have to lose? Best case (most cases) you learn correct techniques to manage your pain and keep it at bay while also preventing further damage and pain to your weakened elbow joint. You can choose from different physiotherapy techniques and consult your physio to discuss your lifestyle and understand what works best for your body.

Where can I find the right physiotherapist for elbow pain?

Our team of experienced doctors is always just an assessment call away to check the pain levels, affected areas and possible causes before suggesting a line of treatment that you can very conveniently follow from the comfort of your homes via our AI assisted app. If you’re feeling discomfort or pain, feel free to reach out and we’ll be sure to help you control and manage It better.

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