What is elbow pain?

Elbow pain is pain sensation coming from the structures of the elbow or can be referred pain from the shoulder, neck or wrist.

How is elbow pain caused?

Elbow pain is usually as a result of overuse injury to any of the structures of the elbow joint, forearm and upper arm (bicep/triceps region) due to direct either direct trauma or as result of repetitive overloading the elbow structures (common amongst tradesman and athletes).

What does elbow pain feel like?

Elbow pain is felt on either the outside of the elbow known Tennis elbow, or inside of the elbow known as golfers elbow. Pain can also be referred to the elbow from surrounding structures. The pain sensation can range a from dull ache, sharp pain, or stiffness, which is made worse especially with elbow, wrist or hand movements.

What should you do?

If you have elbow pain due to direct trauma/accident you should consult your doctor/emergency department immediately to ensure it is nothing more serious. Otherwise, you should consult our therapists who will be able to help you in identifying the cause of your pain and treat the problem.

What should you not do?

If you have elbow pain you should not ignore the problem and continue with activities that will make it worse. Not treating the problem may lead to the pain getting worse and prolonging your recovery.

How much treatment will you need?

If your elbow pain is immediately diagnosed and treated appropriately, recovery will usually take a matter of days to weeks. If your elbow pain is not managed appropriately, it does have a tendency of re-occurring.

Treatment and Management of your elbow pain.

Our therapists will help you with the treatment and management of your elbow pain. Our therapists can assist in diagnosing the problem, which may require a referral for further investigations and imaging. With the diagnosis we will be able to determine the severity of the problem and the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plan necessary for the pain to settle and to reduce the chance of the pain re-occurring.

Other conditions related to the elbow that we can also help you with include:

  • DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
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