Your elbow connects your upper arm and forearm. It is a hinge joint allowing just flexion and extension movements (bending your arm towards you and away from you).
In sporting activities a well-functioning elbow is essential to high performance. Injuring your elbow can have a large impact on your activities of daily living also.
The elbow can become damaged due to a direct trauma such as a fall or it can be due to an overuse injury.
What elbow conditions do we treat?
We treat several elbow conditions at Farrell Physiotherapy however the two most common elbow injuries we treat are:
Tennis elbow describes pain on the outside of your elbow where golfers elbow describes pain on the inner side of your elbow.
What treatment options are available for elbow conditions?
Once you have been assessed by your physiotherapist, they will provide a treatment programme tailored to you. Treatment for elbow conditions is dependent upon what your condition is and what your symptoms are. There is a wide variety of treatment available for elbow conditions.
Elbow treatment may include:
- Soft tissue massage
- Taping or bracing
- Joint mobilisation
- Ice or heat therapy
- Postural correction
- Progressive flexibility exercises
- Progressive strengthening exercises
- Treatment of related injuries such as neck/upper back/shoulder
- Advice and education
- Activity/sporting modification advice
- Anti-inflammatory advice
- Graded return to sporting or functional activity
- Sporting technique advice
If your physiotherapist feels it necessary they may also refer you to your doctor for a scan such as an MRI scan or an X-ray to determine the extent of your injury or to rule out any other causes.
What is the benefit of physiotherapy for an elbow condition?
There are many benefits of physiotherapy and these will depend on what your goals are and what your symptoms are. Our goal is to get you back to your best in the shortest space of time.
Physiotherapy aims to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve range of movement
- Improve strength
- Normalise neurodynamics of upper limb
- Prevent the injury re-occurring
Why choose Farrell Physiotherapy?
We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.