Elbow Pain

At Mountain Land Physical Therapy, we want you back to living life’s most meaningful endeavors, that is why our experienced therapists treat a variety of conditions. Based on your situation, potential symptoms, and goals, we can create a customizable treatment plan just for you. Found below are potential causes and symptoms for this condition to better help you understand what may be causing you pain.

Elbow pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition that can interfere with daily activities, especially for those who depend on their arms for work or leisure activities. In this article, we will explore the common causes and symptoms of elbow pain and various treatment options, including physical therapy.


Causes of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain can result from a variety of underlying conditions or injuries, such as:

  • Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis: A common condition caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons that attach to the lateral joint of the elbow.
  • Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis: Another overuse injury caused by repetitive wrist and forearm movements, leading to pain on the inner side of the elbow.
  • Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints in the elbow due to age or wear and tear.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae or fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints, resulting from injury or infection.
  • Fractures: Broken bones in the elbow due to trauma or injury.
  • Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in the elbow.

Symptoms of Elbow Pain

The symptoms of elbow pain can vary depending on the underlying cause, but may include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the elbow joint.
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion in the elbow.
  • Weakness or difficulty gripping objects.
  • Swelling or redness around the elbow joint.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the hand or fingers.

Treatment Options

Elbow pain can be treated with physical therapy, which offers a range of effective treatments including:

  • Exercises to improve flexibility and strength
  • Manual therapy techniques such as massage and joint mobilization
  • Modalities such as heat or ice therapy
  • The use of braces or other supportive devices to aid in the healing process

Working with a physical therapist can provide individuals with personalized treatment plans designed to alleviate their symptoms and improve their overall function and quality of life.
Elbow pain can significantly impact your quality of life, but there are many treatment options available. Physical therapy is an effective and safe treatment option that can help alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and prevent future injuries. If you are experiencing elbow pain, seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and get started on a treatment plan that works for you.


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