Overuse and trauma are usually the main causes of pain in the elbow. While pain arising from trauma can come from a trip or a slip, something as simple as incorrect technique while playing tennis can cause an overuse injury. Two most common types of overuse injury in the elbow include tennis elbow and golfers elbow. Other causes of elbow pain can include instability, repetitive strain or decreased strength in the forearm or the shoulder. Pain in the elbow can arise from a number of structures, including: joint, ligament, tendon and/or muscle. Physiotherapy can help identify the cause of your underlying elbow pain so that the appropriate treatment can be put in place. If you work at a computer for long hours each day your forearm muscle can become overworked or overloaded. As a result they fatigue quickly which will result in pain. It is very important to look after you posture while sitting at your desk and to make sure everything is aligned properly as to avoid unnecessary overuse of the forearm muscles. At archview physiotherapy we will give you advice on proper sitting positions so that you can make appropriate changes to work station which will help speed up the healing process and minimise further problems developing.
Common physiotherapy treatments for elbow pain include:
- Soft tissue massage
- Dry needling
- Joint mobilization
- Home exercise program
- Work/activity/sport specific education