The most common elbow injuries are well known – normally referred to as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, the correct medical terms are lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis respectively.
The terms tennis and golf are not the definite causes of injury; they are a generic term applied to a set of symptoms usually experienced on either the inside, or outside of the elbow. Though it is common in those that play racket sports and golf, it can be experienced by many athletes whose sport involves any significant gripping/grasping of an object.
Identifying and addressing the root of the problem is the key to its resolution. In some instances practitioners like to simply inject the injury and carry on. However, this does not address the underlying cause and can just be a temporary fix. A complete treatment solution, addressing all aspects of the injury gives the best possible chance of success, injections do have their place, but as part of a more detailed management strategy.
Causes of elbow pain
Whether it be direct trauma to the elbow or repetitive strain on the structures in the elbow joint. We are able to assess where the pain is coming from. The elbow has 3 joints which connect the forearm with the upper arm. Pain coming from inside the joint during movement could be due to injury of these joint connections.
Muscles like the biceps ends in the elbow and many body builders have torn this muscle. The triceps muscle also ends in the back part of the elbow and its tendon is usually the corporate at producing a pain that limits you from bending the elbow.
Nerve injury or compression that causes the forearm to become numb (in the ring and pinkie fingers) can be from the Ulnar nerve. The discomfort can be treated by neural mobilizations to release the nerve compression.
Our professional experience with elbow pain
Elbow injury leaves our patients unable to use their hands and shoulder. Our goal is to restore the movement of the elbow joint as soon as possible to prevent stiffness (which causes much bigger problems). We have found dry needling and strapping are very effective in patients suffering from tennis and golfer’s elbow. We provide the correct guidance that needs to be done so the injury can heal.
Common elbow injuries we treat:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Bicep tendon and muscle tear
- Triceps tendon and muscle tear
Symptoms of elbow pain
- Pain with wrist movement
- Sharp pain when moving against resistance
- Pain when gripping
- Pain while lifting/carrying
- Pain turning door knobs; pouring kettles; opening jars & bottles
- Tenderness when pressing on elbow
- More stiffness in the morning
- Pain that eases with activity
- Burning pain at rest
- Pain radiating down the forearm
- Sharp pain when gripping
- Unable to twist the wrist
- Unable to put weight on the elbow joint (lean on hands)
- Unable to bend or straighten the elbow
- Rigid stiffness