Elbow pain is a problem which can occur in people of all ages, and the sources of elbow pain are varied and numerous. Elbow pain can originate from the joint itself, the muscles and tendons around the elbow, and from neural tissue (i.e. nerves).
When faced with a patient suffering from elbow pain, the first step we take at the Home Physios is to question the history of the problem. Often the pain can relate to overuse, a common and well known example being tennis elbow. Another common cause of elbow pain is trauma.
We have set out below 3 starter exercises for dealing with elbow pain.
The Home Physios: Arm pain or elbow pain
The elbow joint is a hinge joint. This means that the joint is fairly simple in structure: it is formed at the meeting point between your forearm bone (the ulnar) and the bone in the upper arm (the humerus). The upper end of the ulnar (known as the olecranon) slots into an indent in the base of the humerus when the arm straightens, and as the arm bends it hinges outwards from this position.
Movement is controlled by the well known muscles above the elbow, the biceps and triceps. The muscles and tendons of the forearm attach around the elbow, and are the main movers for the wrist and hand. Located nearby is the radio-ulnar joint, which allows for rotation at the wrist, turning the hand from a palm up to palm down position.
There are three nerves which pass through the elbow on the way from the neck to help provide movement and sensation to the whole arm. These nerves can pass quite closely to the surface at times, where they can become a source of injury. For example, “funny bone” pain occurs with sudden compression of the ulnar nerve.
Elbow joint symptoms, depending on their cause, can be experienced as:
Some common causes and conditions which generate elbow pain are:
Before setting out a treatment plan to target your elbow pain, the first step is for your physiotherapist to carry out a thorough assessment of your symptoms in order to ascertain the source of the problem. They will consider the history of the condition, as well as the presentation of the symptoms and pain.
The assessment will include a physical examination of your elbow and arm, and examination of your movement and strength. In addition, it may be necessary to carry out special orthopaedic tests, designed to test the structures of the elbow joint.
Elbow pain treatment will be tailored to you, depending on the findings of the physiotherapy assessment carried out by your Home Physio. Treatment options include:
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