Elbow pain affects many of the general population, although similar to the knee in structure the elbow is injured far less often, mainly due to the fact it is not a weight-bearing joint. It can however suffer from some debilitating conditions.
The elbow is mainly a link between the shoulder and the wrist, this means that it gets tasked with many repetitive activities meaning that it can be vulnerable to overuse injuries. The strain is mainly taken at the join of the forearm muscles to the bones making up the elbow leading to the two most common elbow complaints of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
This is due to a breakdown of the tendon of a muscle in the forearm leading to an increase of pain communicating nerves in the tendon making it very painful to grip and pick up objects. It is usually as a result of repeated and excessive load on the extensor muscles such as swinging a tennis racquet. Other factors such as weakness in the forearm or shoulder muscles and stiffness in the upper back and neck can also contribute to it.
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
This is very similar in nature to tennis elbow, although it affects the flexor muscles of the forearm and is more likely to be caused by activities that overuse this group, such as using a screwdriver or hammer, or playing golf.
Our osteopaths have years of experience in diagnosing and helping relieve the symptoms of both tennis and golfer’s elbow. Getting an accurate diagnosis is vital to deciding on the best treatment possible. Our expert osteopaths can apply manual therapies such as massage, myofascial release, acupuncture, and carefully prescribed exercises, that have been proven to help with these types of conditions in both the short and long term.
We can also provide advice on how to protect the elbow from overuse while it is getting better to help speed up your recovery.
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We are also there to help you from home. Take a look at our suite of exercise resources and advice sheets which you can easily download and use from home.
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