There are different reasons why you might experience elbow pain including arthritis, overuse of the joint or from trauma e.g. a fall. Common injuries associated with elbow pain that you may hear are:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The symptoms can vary between these conditions however common symptoms tend to be diffuse pain over the elbow joint with muscle tension in the forearm or upper arm. Sometimes there is sharp pain on particular movements or pain, tingling radiating into the hand. Most of these conditions/injuries can be helped by manual therapy and specific exercise rehabilitation.
How Bridgeham can help?
We would recommend that you see one of our osteopaths for an initial appointment to take a case history and complete a detailed examination. Once a diagnosis has been made your osteopath will advise you on the best treatment plan for you whether this involves following up with an osteopathic treatment or if you may be better suited seeing our acupuncturist or one of our massage therapists. The initial treatment is likely to involve techniques such as articulation of the elbow and surrounding joints, soft tissue massage, ultrasound therapy and perhaps manipulation if required.
It may be recommended that you follow up with our Pilates team as part of your recovery journey to work on maintaining good movement patterns or to address any postural issues that may have contributed to your injury.
The recovery of elbow pain would depend on the cause of the symptoms. However we would normally expect the pain to subside or significantly reduce within around 3-4 treatment sessions. Should the symptoms be more severe or be caused from an ongoing condition it may take slightly longer to achieve the same result.