Your elbow is a complex joint with an intricate network of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When the tissues of your elbow are injured or inflamed, it can, therefore cause significant discomfort and may affect your forearm, hand, fingers, and wrist, as well.
Damage to your elbow joint may cause elbow joint pain when bending and straightening, numbness, tingling, swelling, limited movement, tenderness, weakness, and stiffness. Potential causes of pain may include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
People at the highest risk for having elbow joint pain include those over the age of 40 and those who do repetitive activities with their elbow, hand, or wrist as part of their job. Likewise, for athletes, Inner and outer elbow pain are also common due to highly repetitive motions like throwing, lifting, or swinging instruments like a bat, racket, or golf club.
Tennis elbow is a common cause of pain and discomfort on the outer side of the joint. Despite its name, it doesn’t only affect tennis players. It can also affect anyone who makes repetitive motions with their elbow, hand, or wrist. It occurs when there are inflammation and irritation in the tendons that support the outside of the elbow joint. The discomfort often radiates into the forearm and wrist. In addition to pain and discomfort, you may notice weakness or shakiness when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand, or hold a glass.
Golfer’s elbow, similar to tennis elbow, is a cause of inner elbow pain. The source of discomfort is inflammation and irritation to the tendons inside the elbow joint. This condition doesn’t only affect golfers. The condition may also occur as a result of repetitive motion or prolonged periods of clinched hands.
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include burning, or sharp pain on the inner side elbow joint, forearm, wrist, or hands. You may also have numbness and tingling that extends to the fingers, especially the ring and little fingers.
High Line Rehab PT has experience effectively treating the underlying causes of your pain and discomfort, including tennis and golfer’s elbow. We use modern and innovative techniques. Possible treatments may include:
- Ice and heat therapy
- Therapeutic massage
- Nonsteroidal pain medications
- Rest and elevation
- Stretching and exercise
Innovative treatments include ultrasound therapy, which stimulates healing in damaged tissues using waves of energy, and BEMER® vascular therapy, which encourages healing by increasing circulation and oxygen to damaged tissues.
For a consultation and customized treatment plan to relieve elbow joint pain, call or schedule an appointment online with High Line Rehab PT today.