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Elbow pain

The most common types of elbow pain are caused by overuse injuries, and are commonly referred to as ‘Tennis elbow’ and ‘Golfer’s elbow’. They are indeed common and there are first-aid suggestions that can help to ease the symptoms, but if the symptoms don’t improve and if the elbow pain comes in repeating cycles, then it is advised to seek the help of a Physiotherapist.
Elbow pain can involve injury to affected areas of:
• Muscles
• Tendons
• Joints
• Ligaments
• Bones
• Bursae

Common symptoms of Elbow Pain

• There is a dull ache in the elbow at rest
• Pain while making a fist
• Pain when opening the fingers
• Soreness around the affected elbow bump
• Lack of grip and difficulty in stretching arms

Common causes of Elbow Pain

• Golfers elbow
• Tennis elbow
• Bursitis
• Muscle strain (Muscle pain)
• Overuse injuries
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury
• Stress fracture
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Treatment for Elbow Pain

Depending on the cause of your elbow pain, a range of treatment methods can be applied to get you back to health:
• Ice
• Rest
• Advice on correct technique
• Exercises for strengthening and stretching the surrounding muscles
• Laser Therapy
• Shockwave Therapy
• Dry Needling

Time for recovery from elbow injuries can range from a few weeks to 6-12 months. Your first step towards treatment should be to consult our physiotherapists at Mount Isa Physio, so that a correct diagnosis of the type of pain can be given, and treatment can be delivered without delay and further issues.