Elbow Pain Treatment

We can help with: tennis elbow, golfers elbow, tendonitis elbow and other conditions causing elbow pain

Elbows are commonly prone to Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) – especially if you spend many hours typing (whether using a keyboard, a tablet or a smart phone). It can also affect manual workers, musicians and sports people – as the names ‘Tennis Elbow’ and ‘Golfer’s Elbow’ imply.

Both conditions involve a chronically tight and overused group of muscles in the forearm (in Tennis Elbow, they are the wrist extensors and in Golfer’s Elbow they are the flexors). The constant tug of those muscles on their point of origin near the elbow, where they attach to the bone, results in chronic inflammation and pain.

We may also help patients as part of their rehabilitation process after a fracture in the arm or shoulder, and our aim is to avoid stiffness developing due to immobility in the shoulder and neighbouring joints, and to ensure movement and good circulation are maintained throughout the recovery period.

We may also help patients as part of their rehabilitation process after a fracture or a sporting injury.

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Our approach

To find the cause of symptoms and exactly which structures are affected, we first note all the details about how the problem came about, what it feels like, timing, daily pattern, and aggravating or relieving factors.

We find out how you use your arms during work, exercise and other activities. We also ask about any issues with your neck and the rest of the upper limb joints, your health in general, and any significant events in the past such as accidents, injuries or surgery.

We then observe and feel your elbow and the rest of the limb, assessing movement in all directions and noting any restrictions or pain.

Once we have established our working diagnosis we will always take time to explain to you what we found, and let you know how we can help, and whether we need to make any referrals.

Our treatment approach is aimed at improving freedom of movement, muscle tone and circulation locally. We use specific massage, mobilisation and stretching techniques to improve the flexibility in joints and muscles, relieve tension, and ensure good circulation for effective recovery.

During the session, we also provide advice on exercise, ergonomics and other techniques to aid fast recovery and maintain the treatment results.

The approach to RSI focuses on achieving repair at a faster rate to wear & tear. This is not an easy task if you’re using those muscles to earn a living, but we have various tricks to try, and will empower you to take control and manage the condition for the best possible outcome.