Are you experiencing elbow pain? Does it hurt to lift things or hold the steering wheel? Does it hurt to golf or play tennis? How about mousing on your computer or typing on your phone or keyboard?Elbow pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. It can be caused from a traumatic injury but is most often caused by repetitive overuse of the muscles surrounding the elbow.
At Physio Now, all of our therapists are trained to fully diagnose your elbow pain and determine the cause of your symptoms. The most common conditions of the elbow are:
1. Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis. This is an overuse injury to the tendons on the outside of the elbow. It is called Tennis elbow because it is an injury that happens often to tennis players, however. You don’t have to be a tennis player to get this type of sports injury. We use all of those same muscles during the day when we grip excessively (even a book for long periods of time), repetitive cutting, chopping, hammering, mousing, typing, etc.
2. Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis. This is also typically an overuse injury to the muscles and tendons on the inside of the elbow. Although it is a common sports injury of golfer’s, others can also develop this painful condition.
3. Nerve Compression of the Ulnar nerve on the inside of the elbow can also cause elbow pain. This can happen if someone bangs their elbow sharply or rests the elbow in an awkward position that presses on the ulnar nerve, ( such as on the edge of a car window).
4. Elbow joint fractures.
5. Arthritis of the elbow joint. This may be accompanied by swelling and heat around the elbow joint.
6. Other miscellaneous causes that are rarer may also be responsible for elbow pain.
Whether your pain is caused by a sports injury or simply overuse, the experts physiotherapists at Physio Now can develop a customized rehabilitation program to help you get your swing back.
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