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 cause significant discomfort and may affect your forearm, hand, fingers, and wrist, as well.
Damage to your elbow joint may cause numbness, tingling, swelling, limited movement, tenderness, weakness, and stiffness. Potential causes include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
People at the highest risk for having elbow 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.
It’s also common for athletes who use highly repetitive motions like throwing, lifting, or swinging instruments like a bat, racket, or golf club.
Tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain. Despite its name, it doesn’t only affect tennis players, but anyone who makes repetitive motions with their elbow, hand, or wrist.
Tennis elbow occurs when there are inflammation and irritation in the tendons that support the outside of the elbow joint. Pain often radiates into the forearm and wrist.
With tennis elbow, you may notice weakness or shakiness when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand, or hold a glass.
Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but the source of discomfort is inflammation and irritation to the tendons inside the elbow joint.
This condition doesn’t only affect golfers, but anyone who makes repetitive motions, especially when you have your hand or fingers clenched for long periods.
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include burning or pain in the 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 elbow pain, including tennis and golfer’s elbow, and using modern and innovative techniques. Possible treatments for your elbow pain 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 your elbow pain, call or schedule an appointment online with High Line Rehab PT today.