Physiotherapy Treatment Helps Elbow Pain

At Susan Quin Physiotherapy, I have a lot of experience treating elbow injuries. I will listen to you tell me about your elbow pain and what makes it worse. Then I will examine your elbow, explain the cause, plan treatment and teach you how to adapt your activities to get better.


Physiotherapy Treatment for Elbow Pain can include:

  • Manual Therapy to loosen up stiff joints and ease pain
  • Soft Tissue Massage to release tight muscles and tendons
  • Ice to decrease swelling and improve circulation
  • Bracing to support the elbow and offload the pressure on the tendons
  • Exercises to maintain and gain movement if the joint is stiff
  • Exercises to improve strength of the elbow, forearm and wrist
  • Exercises to improve stability of your neck, upper back and shoulder area
  • Advice on activities, e.g. grip size of a racquet or club, computer workstation, return to work or sport

Why Does Your Elbow Hurt?

The most common causes of elbow pain are

  • Tennis Elbow (outer elbow pain)
  • Golfers Elbow (inner elbow pain)

Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow start because of overuse or repetition. This can be due to sport or other activities like painting and gardening.

Other Causes of Elbow Pain include:

  • Fracture
  • Strain/Sprain
  • Bursitis (inflammation)
  • Trapped Nerve (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Referred pain from your neck or upper back
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Stress Fracture (tiny cracks in the bone)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (damage to bone and cartilage of the elbow joint)

Where Does Elbow Pain Come From?

Elbow pain can be from where the tendons attach to the bones (Tennis or Golfers Elbow). Hand and wrist movements may hurt your elbow. Gripping a key, pen, club or paintbrush may aggravate your elbow pain.

Elbow pain can be from the joint surfaces (Arthritis) or from an inflamed bursa (Bursitis). If you fracture or dislocate your elbow you may have your arm in a plaster cast for some time. This can lead to elbow stiffness and pain, shoulder stiffness, pain and weakness and sometimes wrist pain and stiffness.

The elbow joint is made up of three bones. The elbow bends and straightens and rotates your forearm and it is connected to your shoulder, wrist and hand by muscles. The nerve supply to the elbow comes from the neck. All these areas can contribute to your elbow pain.

At Susan Quin Physiotherapy, I examine your elbow and all other possible sources of elbow pain to understand why your elbow hurts.

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