Elbow pain could be a simple case of strain, the result of fracture, a rare case of arthritis, or bone growth.
Physical therapy helps restore strength and movement for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including elbow pain. Chronic pain in the elbow is one of those conditions where physiotherapy exercises can help restore normal movement. It can also help in post-surgical care, in complex and rare instances of elbow pain where surgery is required.
Is Elbow Pain as Simple as It Sounds?
Elbow pain could be the result of various kinds of disorders. It also comes with overuse and injury. It is a common sports injury among athletes in tennis, baseball, golf and boxing. Activities that require the repetitive use of the arm, wrist or the whole hand can cause elbow pain if that joint is subjected to too much strain.
Two elbow conditions associated with sports -- tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow -- could cause elbow pain too. Trapped nerves and tendinitis could cause pain in the elbow, while arthritis can also lead to elbow pain though this is rare, since the elbow isn’t as susceptible to wear and tear as some of the other joints of the body. Pain is the result of damage to the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments or muscles.
Seeking Medical Assistance
Treating your elbow pain depends on identifying the specific cause for it:
* If you have mild pain you don’t usually need to consult a doctor. In most cases of elbow pain, the symptoms subside in a few days.
* If you experience swelling, bruising and severe pain, or face trouble in the normal movement of your elbow particularly in turning the arm from the palm up to the palm down position, or the other way round, you need to call your doctor for advice.
* You may need to get an appointment fixed if the pain in your elbow does not improve, or you feel pain even if you don’t use your arm.
If you also have swelling or redness in the elbow area, you need to visit the doctor.
* You absolutely need emergency care if you find a bone protruding, which may indicate some kind of fracture.
Treatment for Elbow Pain
Treatment ranges from the basic to the complex, depending on the particular condition. The basic procedures include ice treatment whereby you keep an ice pack thrice a day for around 15 minutes on the affected elbow. A compression bandage can help reduce the swelling. You may need to keep your arm in an elevated position to reduce the swelling. It is also important to rest your hand and avoid activities that could cause further injury.
More complex treatment options include steroid injections, plasma-rich platelet injections particularly for tennis elbow, and surgery. These are only administered if your elbow pain is too severe or has a complex underlying condition such as arthritis or abnormal bone formation. In all kinds of treatment, physical therapy helps to build strength in the elbow and keep it healthy.
Advanced physical therapy and rehabilitation centers in Brooklyn, NY can provide comprehensive and effective treatment options.