Elbow pain is a common problem that can result from a variety of causes, including overuse injuries, tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. Conditions such as golfers and tennis elbow are very common conditions that cause pain around the elbow. Despite the conditions’ names, they are not often related to the sports. They are usually caused by repeated movements such as gardening or typing and are due to overuse of a group of muscles in your forearm which attach to the inside and outside of your elbow. This results in tiny tears at the point where the tendon attaches the muscles to the bone and results in thickening, swelling and pain. Pain is usually worse when you bend and straighten your elbow and your wrist. It can also progress to getting pain when gripping or twisting your hand.
The initial consultation will begin with an assessment to determine the cause of the pain and any underlying issues that may be contributing to it. Treatment may include hands on treatment and we will then also provide a personalised treatment plan that includes exercises and stretches designed to improve range of motion, strength and stability in the elbow.
The type of treatment and exercises you receive will be determined by your individual needs and goals. Depending also on your assessment and how your symptoms progress, we can advise as to whether you require any investigations or an onward referral. If you are experiencing elbow pain, it’s always a good idea to consult with a physiotherapist to determine the cause and develop an appropriate management plan.