Elbow– Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow and Post-Trauma Rehab
The elbow is a relatively simple yet resilient hinge joint, however when it does get injured, it is invariably stubborn and slow to heal. Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow are common injuries that we have extensive experience in treating. Also known as lateral/medial epicondylitis, Tennis/Golfer’s elbow are a breakdown and micro-tearing of the tendons just below the elbow joint, causing pain with wrist and elbow use. These conditions are more common in people with neck issues as the nerve supplying the elbow has its roots in the neck and can exacerbate the pain.
There have been exciting recent developments in the management of tendon pain and at Asia Physio, we keep up to date with these and utilise the findings into our care. Central to these new findings is incremented loading of the tendon, and our therapists are expert in matching the right loading to the injury.
The other condition common to the elbow is chronic stiffness and loss of strength secondary to a traumatic injury such as a fracture or operation and these conditions can be stubborn and require regular therapy to return to full function. If left untreated patients can be left with a lack of movement and a permanently bent elbow.
During a session, to treat tennis/golfer’s elbow we may use the following therapies:
- Moist heat packs to draw blood to the muscles, reduce pain and inflammation.
- Remedial massage the take tension from the muscles and draw blood flow to the tendons.
- Elbow joint mobilisations to loosen the joint between the radius and ulna. Stiffness in this joint is very common in dysfunctional elbows. Only physiotherapists can provide joint mobilisations.
- Prescribing the correct level of strengthening and stretching for your elbow to reduce pain and promote recovery, increase strength and flexibility.
- Self-management interventions through advice on occupational, sporting and home ergonomics, self-massage and self-mobilisations using home massage tools and other prevention strategies.
- Select the correct brace for pain relief and healing.