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Elbow pain physiotherapy targets discomfort originating from musculoskeletal issues in the elbow joint. Skilled physiotherapists employ specialised techniques like manual therapy, targeted exercises, and modalities to alleviate pain and improve mobility. By identifying and addressing the underlying causes, this specialised care aims to enhance strength, flexibility, and overall function in the elbow. Whether due to injury, overuse, or conditions like tennis elbow, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in restoring comfort and mobility for individuals experiencing elbow discomfort.

PhysioComesToYou offers a flexible approach to our physiotherapy appointments. We understand that attending a clinic can be inconvenient so we offer a mobile service. Our expert physiotherapists can attend at your work, care home, school or home at a time to suit you. We have appointments at the weekend and during the evening so you can be on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

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The elbow is the joint where three long bones meet in the middle portion of the arm. The bone of the upper arm (humerus) meets the inner bone of the forearm (ulna) and the outer bone of the forearm (radius) to form a hinge joint. The radius and ulna also meet in the elbow to allow for rotation of the forearm. Nerves, blood vessels, muscles and soft tissue surround the joint. Symptoms of the elbow joint can arise from a number of causes.

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Medial Collateral Ligament Injury

Elbow trauma, often triggered by overusing the hand and forearm in outward motions, has the potential to harm the ligaments that provide stability to the elbow joint. When such damage occurs, it can lead to discomfort and increased mobility issues within the inner elbow, impacting your ability to lift and carry objects.

To address these symptoms, a combination of techniques such as soft tissue release, strength training, and taping can be employed. These methods serve to alleviate discomfort while physiotherapy conducts a thorough evaluation of the condition and determines the extent of the injury. Additionally, physiotherapy can provide expert guidance on whether surgical intervention is necessary for severe cases. In cases where pain relief is required, acupuncture may also be considered as a treatment option.

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Between the bones of the inner elbow lies a slender gap where the ulnar nerve crosses. This groove takes a sharp turn, altering the distribution of stress on the elbow. Repetitive strain or a forceful injury can lead to inflammation and trapping the ulnar nerve, often resulting in numbness in the fourth and fifth digits, discomfort within the inner elbow that occasionally radiates down the inner forearm, and potential weakness in the delicate finger muscles responsible for precise movements.

In the world of physiotherapy, several techniques can prove beneficial. These include neural gliding exercises, soft tissue massage methods, joint mobilisations, and the application of taping. Moreover, your physiotherapist may assess your neck to address any central nerve-related discomfort that may be contributing to your symptoms.

Referred Pain From The Neck

Upper limb pain can often find its origins in the compression or damage to nerves within the neck. This scenario commonly arises when specific nerve roots, such as the C8 or T1 nerves, become affected, resulting in pain radiating to the inner elbow area. Additionally, individuals may experience sensations of burning, tingling, or numbness associated with this discomfort.

Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment, considering factors such as muscle length, the health of discs and joints, mobility, and nerve involvement. This evaluation aims to determine if your pain is referred from the neck and identify the precise structures contributing to the issue. Subsequently, your treatment plan will be personalised to include techniques such as nerve gliding exercises, neck mobilisations, soft tissue therapies, and specific neck exercises tailored to your needs.

Osteoarthritis of The Elbow Joint

This condition typically afflicts the elderly, but it can also occur in younger individuals with a history of joint damage, excessive use, or a family predisposition. Symptoms often include aching, stiffness, and occasional reductions in joint mobility, often accompanied by crepitus or a noticeable loss of fluidity in movement.

A physiotherapist can assess the underlying factors contributing to the onset of arthritis and recommend a tailored regimen of stretching and strengthening exercises. Additionally, methods such as acupuncture, joint mobilisations, and taping have demonstrated their effectiveness in alleviating pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Medial Epicondylalgia ‘Golfers Elbow’

Pain radiating from the inner elbow down to the underside of the forearm is a common complaint, especially during activities that require frequent gripping and repetitive wrist and hand movements, such as opening cans and playing golf. This condition was previously dubbed “golfer’s elbow” due to its association with these activities. It’s crucial to seek proper evaluation and treatment for these symptoms as they can resemble ulnar nerve entrapment.

Physiotherapy offers a range of procedures to provide relief from these symptoms. These may include acupuncture, massage, taping, joint and tissue mobilisations, ultrasonography, mobilisations with movement, and targeted exercises. Additionally, a physiotherapist may implement an activity modification plan and a progressive exercise regimen to facilitate the healing of injured tissues.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own muscular tendons and joint lining, leads to inflammation. This inflammation results in swelling, pain, and stiffness in the affected joints, often causing morning stiffness. As people age, the muscles that support these joints tend to weaken, making daily tasks more challenging.

Our skilled physiotherapists can work with you to manage your condition effectively. During your initial visit, the physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment, evaluating factors like muscle strength, joint mobility, posture, functionality, and mobility aids usage. Following the assessment, the physiotherapist will discuss recommended treatments and help you set goals to enhance your quality of life at home, work, and socially. These treatments may include advice on icing, tailored exercise routines, massage, taping, acupuncture, and mobility programs.

Additionally, we can arrange for occupational therapists to visit your home. They specialise in assisting individuals in regaining the ability to participate in meaningful activities and maintain or achieve their highest level of independence. Their services encompass a wide range of support, including:

  • Home assessments including modifications such as rearranging furniture, building ramps, widening doorways, grab bars, special toilet seats etc.
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • Splinting

Fibromyalgia

This condition affects the fibrous tissues in various parts of the body, including tendons, muscles, and connective tissue, without causing inflammation. It often leads to the presence of numerous tender spots and a persistent sense of discomfort. The inner elbow is among the frequently sensitive areas. Additional symptoms encompass irritable bowel syndrome, depression, dry eyes and mouth, fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to heat, morning stiffness, numbness, and tingling.

Acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals grappling with this condition. Pain relief strategies are available, and experienced practitioners can assist you in gradually reintegrating exercise and participating in activities, such as sports, work, or hobbies, that you were able to enjoy before the onset of your condition. They can also offer guidance on managing pain flare-ups and adapting to your situation.

Chronic Pain

Acute pain refers to the immediate pain experienced after an injury and during the healing process. On the other hand, chronic pain is characterised by persistent discomfort that lingers even after the healing has occurred. In many cases, there may be no clear connection between the original injury, which may have healed long ago, and the ongoing pain. Chemical changes within the brain and spinal cord occur to reroute pain impulses to the brain’s pain centres. Consequently, pain can be perceived in response to various sensations, including movement, touch, pressure, stretching, and more. Sometimes, changes in weather, mood, thoughts, or even without any external stimuli can trigger the pain system.

Addressing chronic pain through physiotherapy requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond merely treating the pain itself. Physiotherapists aim to help individuals manage their pain by setting goals, developing gradual exercise plans, and providing guidance on how to cope with pain flare-ups and negative emotions. The ultimate objective is to empower individuals to regain their previous level of engagement in work, sports, and leisure activities prior to the onset of chronic pain. Additionally, we can connect you with leading pain experts in London for specialised care and treatment.

Other Possible Causes

Before conducting a complete physical examination, the physiotherapist will begin by gathering a detailed history of your symptoms and any previous medical conditions. It’s important to recognise that your symptoms may have various underlying causes, some of which may fall outside the scope of physiotherapy or necessitate medical advice in addition to physiotherapy treatment. In such cases, the physiotherapist will refer you to your general practitioner (GP) or an appropriate specialised physician or consultant. These possible causes include:

  • Cardiovascular Symptoms
  • Respiratory (breathing) Symptoms
  • Gynaecological Symptoms
  • Urinary or Genital Symptoms
  • Digestive Symptoms
  • Immune System Symptoms
  • Lymph System Symptoms
  • Hormonal Symptoms
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Dermatological (skin) Symptoms
  • Medication Side-Effects
  • Virus
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Disease Process
  • Psychological Problem i.e. Depression, Anxiety

Lateral Epicondylalgia (Tennis Elbow)

Radiating pain from the outer side of the elbow to the top of the forearm is a common complaint, especially during activities that involve gripping and repetitive wrist and hand movements, such as typing and tennis. This condition was previously known as “Tennis elbow” due to its association with these activities. It’s crucial to seek a proper evaluation and treatment because the symptoms can mimic radial nerve entrapment.

Physiotherapy offers effective procedures to alleviate these symptoms, including acupuncture, massage, ultrasound therapy, taping, and manual joint and tissue treatments. A physiotherapist may also design a progressive exercise regimen and recommend activity modifications to facilitate tissue restructuring and promote healing. Furthermore, a relatively new therapy for this condition called electroshock wave therapy has shown effectiveness, and we can provide guidance on where to receive this treatment.

Superior Radio-Ulnar Joint Dysfunction

Extreme wrist twisting, such as what occurs in martial arts, or traumatic events like falling onto an outstretched hand, can lead to injuries in this joint. Examples of such injuries include fractures or the weakening of ligaments that hold the joint together. While an X-ray can typically rule out severe bone injuries, a thorough assessment by an MRI, physiotherapist, or consultant may be required to diagnose ligamentous injuries. If needed, we can recommend renowned London consultants for further evaluation. Injury-related pain, especially during gripping and arm rotation, is often felt across the outer part of the elbow.

To alleviate these symptoms, physiotherapy techniques such as taping, joint mobilisations, and strengthening exercises can be employed.

Snapping Plica

The elbow’s outer joint contains a small synovial fold, known as a plica, positioned between the top of the radius and the end of the humerus. This plica has the capability to snap over the radius head in both directions. Repetitive bending and straightening movements, often related to sports activities, can be a potential cause of irritation in this area. When the elbow is bent, individuals may experience a snapping sensation and discomfort on the outer side of the elbow.

Physiotherapy can offer guidance on how to reduce irritation of the plica and avoid activities that worsen the condition. However, if the issue persists or worsens, a medical referral may be necessary to explore the possibility of plica surgery. We can recommend renowned London consultants in such cases for further evaluation and potential treatment options.

Radial Collateral Ligament Instability

This ligament connects the head of the radius, the primary bone of the forearm, to the outer part of the humerus, the lower end of the upper arm. Engaging in activities like extreme golf or tennis swings can potentially lead to elbow injuries in this area. Pain associated with this condition often presents as a catching sensation and may be accompanied by a feeling of instability in the elbow, often accompanied by clicking or clunking sounds.

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing the symptoms, diagnosing the injury and assessing the degree of instability. Additionally, a physiotherapist can provide guidance on whether surgery should be considered, especially if the injury is severe. Exercises aimed at enhancing control and strengthening the affected area can be highly effective in treating various ligament-related issues. If you require a medical referral, we can connect you with a renowned London elbow consultant for further evaluation and potential treatment options.

Pronator Syndrome

This condition involves the compression or entrapment of the median nerve by the pronator muscles of the forearm or surrounding tissues. The pronator muscles are responsible for turning the forearm so that the palm faces downward. This compression can lead to a range of symptoms, including weakness in specific grip muscles and sensory loss in the thumb and index finger due to nerve compression. Pain over the outer or front part of the elbow is a common symptom of this condition.

Physiotherapy can be effective in alleviating these symptoms through techniques such as stretches, soft tissue massage, activity modification, and injury prevention recommendations. Additionally, physiotherapy can provide specific nerve gliding exercises to support the healing of the affected nerve.

Fracture Of The Radial Head

A fracture of the radial head can occur when a heavy object falls on the hand or upper limb. Typically, an X-ray is used to diagnose this condition, and patients often experience acute discomfort in the outer elbow and forearm when moving or lifting objects.

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the healing and rehabilitation process following such a fracture. It involves using soft tissue techniques to regain flexibility, performing strengthening exercises to provide support for the healing bone, and employing joint mobilisation techniques to restore lost movement, especially after a period of immobilisation in plaster. Your physiotherapist can also design loading exercises tailored to your current stage of healing to maximise bone strength. In cases where there are issues that occasionally impede bone healing, we can provide you with devices that have been shown to promote the healing of bone.

Osteochondritis Dissecans

This condition occurs when the cartilage lining the joint surfaces of the elbow breaks into pieces due to repetitive bending of the elbow. Common symptoms include swelling around the outer part of the elbow and a persistent dull discomfort. Additionally, individuals may experience difficulty straightening the elbow.

Physiotherapy can play a role in managing this condition and facilitating a return to sports activities. It involves providing guidance on management strategies and may include the use of anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate symptoms. Supportive taping can also be applied to assist in stabilising the elbow during the healing process.

Pain Referred From The Neck (Cervical Referred Pain)

Nerve damage or compression in the neck can often be the underlying cause of upper limb pain. This typically occurs when a specific nerve root, such as the C5 or C6 nerves, is affected, resulting in pain radiating to the area outside the elbow. Individuals experiencing this issue may also report sensations like tingling, burning, or numbness associated with the discomfort.

Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment, examining factors such as muscle length, the health of discs and joints, mobility, and nerve involvement. This evaluation aims to determine if your pain originates from the neck and pinpoint the structures contributing to the issue. Subsequently, a personalised treatment plan will be developed, incorporating techniques such as soft tissue treatments, neck mobilisations, nerve gliding exercises, and specific neck exercises tailored to your needs.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoarthritis can develop in any joint of the body, typically due to “wear and tear” where the cartilage covering the joint’s underlying bone gradually deteriorates over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an inflammatory condition characterised by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks the body, resulting in inflammation of both the muscles’ tendons and the lining of the joints. In both cases, arthritis leads to joint swelling, discomfort, and stiffness. Morning stiffness is a common occurrence, and the muscles surrounding the affected joints often weaken, making everyday tasks more challenging.

We offer the services of experienced physiotherapists who can visit you at home and work closely with you to manage your condition effectively. During the initial comprehensive assessment, the physiotherapist will evaluate your mobility and walking aids, muscle strength, joint mobility, posture, and overall function. Following this assessment, the physiotherapist will discuss recommended treatments with you and help you set goals to maximise your capabilities at work, home, and in social situations, ultimately improving your overall function and mobility. These treatments may include mobility plans, massage, taping, acupuncture, exercise routines, and guidance on using ice.

Additionally, we can arrange for occupational therapists to visit your home at your convenience. Occupational therapists specialise in assisting individuals in regaining the ability to engage in meaningful activities and in achieving and maintaining their highest level of independence. They can provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Home assessments including modifications such as rearranging furniture, building ramps, widening doorways, grab bars, special toilet seats etc
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • Splinting

Chronic Pain

Injuries often bring about acute pain, both during the healing process and immediately following the injury. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is a condition where the pain persists even after the initial injury has healed, and there may be no apparent connection between the ongoing pain and the past injury. This type of pain is characterised by chemical changes in the brain and spinal cord that redirect signals to the brain’s pain centres. As a result, pain can be perceived as various sensations, including pressure, movement, touch, stretching, and more. At times, changes in mood, thoughts, weather, or even without any external stimuli can trigger the pain system, even in the absence of physical input.

Physiotherapy is a comprehensive approach to addressing chronic pain, focusing not only on pain relief but also on the various factors associated with chronic pain. In addition to treating your pain, physiotherapists offer pain management techniques, including goal-setting, gradual exercise programs, and guidance on managing pain flare-ups and negative thoughts. Their ultimate goal is to help you regain your previous level of participation in work, sports, and leisure activities before the onset of chronic pain. If necessary, we can also refer you to top London pain experts for specialised care and consultation.

Other Possible Causes

Before commencing a comprehensive physical examination, the physiotherapist will first gather a detailed history of your symptoms and any previous medical conditions. It’s important to acknowledge that your symptoms may have various underlying causes, some of which may fall outside the purview of physiotherapy or necessitate medical advice in addition to physiotherapeutic treatment. In such instances, the physiotherapist will make a referral to your general practitioner (GP) or an appropriate specialised physician or consultant. Some potential reasons for referrals include:

  • Cardiovascular Symptoms
  • Respiratory (breathing) Symptoms
  • Gynaecological Symptoms
  • Urinary or Genital Symptoms
  • Digestive Symptoms
  • Immune System Symptoms
  • Lymph System Symptoms
  • Hormonal Symptoms
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Dermatological (skin) Symptoms
  • Medication Side-Effects
  • Virus
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Disease Process
  • Psychological Problem i.e. Depression, Anxiety

Triceps Insertion Tendinopathy

The elbow joint features a thick tendon, formed by the triceps muscle, which inserts into the rear of the elbow joint. This tendon can undergo overuse or degeneration due to repetitive movements, prolonged heavy weightlifting, or prolonged pressure on the elbow tendon, leading to discomfort. Initially presenting as pain, this dull ache can intensify during activities that involve loading the elbow, typically centred around the tip and rear of the elbow.

Physiotherapy offers a range of effective approaches to alleviate discomfort, improve arm function, and support tissue repair. These approaches may include progressive loading exercises, taping, acupuncture, and targeted soft tissue massage.

Bursitis

Bursitis is a condition that can occur when the bursa behind the elbow becomes irritated or inflamed, often due to prolonged leaning or repetitive motions, typically with the elbow bent. This bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that serves to prevent the triceps tendon from rubbing against the bone beneath it. Symptoms of bursitis can manifest as a noticeable and painful soreness above the tip of the elbow.

Physiotherapy offers several methods to alleviate discomfort associated with bursal inflammation. These methods may include taping, specific soft tissue techniques, biomechanical analysis of movement, and strengthening exercises. Additionally, your physiotherapist can provide guidance on modifying your activities and optimising the ergonomics of your workstation to help prevent future occurrences of this condition.

Posterior Elbow Dislocation

This ligament injury can lead to the ulna, radius, or both bones dislocating backward from the humerus. Typically, this occurs when someone falls on an outstretched arm or when their elbow is forcefully flexed backward. It can also be a consequence of certain sports activities. Attempting to move the elbow under these circumstances usually results in excruciating pain and significant swelling. Immediate medical assistance is essential to realign the dislocated elbow, followed by a period of immobilisation.

Physiotherapy is a crucial component of the recovery process. It provides guidance on managing swelling and advises on activities to avoid that could exacerbate the condition. Over time, physiotherapy aims to restore mobility and strength to the elbow joint, aiding in the patient’s rehabilitation.

Posterolateral Rotatory Instability Of The Elbow

When an individual falls on an outstretched arm, it’s common for the forearm bones to drop below the bottom of the humerus. This can lead to symptoms like elbow locking and snapping, although these issues typically resolve with time.

Physiotherapy can assist in the process of strengthening the affected area through tailored exercises. However, if these measures do not provide the desired relief, a medical referral becomes necessary. In such cases, we can recommend a leading London specialist for further evaluation and potential treatment options.

Elbow Fracture

When an elbow fractures, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.

Following a fracture, physiotherapy can play a vital role in the healing and recovery process. This typically involves the use of joint mobilisation techniques to restore lost movement, soft tissue techniques to enhance flexibility, and strengthening exercises to provide support for the healing bone. Additionally, your physiotherapist may prescribe specific loading exercises tailored to your current stage of healing, aiming to optimise bone strength. In cases where challenges arise that occasionally impede the bone’s healing process, we can provide you with devices that have been demonstrated to promote bone healing.

Pain Referred From The Neck (Cervical Referred Pain)

Nerve damage or compression in the neck can be the underlying cause of specific upper limb pain. This typically occurs when a specific nerve root, such as the C7 nerve, is affected, resulting in pain radiating to the outside elbow region. Individuals may also experience sensations like tingling, burning, or numbness associated with this discomfort.

Your physiotherapist possesses the expertise to assess factors such as muscle length, the health of discs and joints, mobility, and nerve involvement. This evaluation is instrumental in determining whether your pain originates from the neck and in identifying the structures contributing to the issue. Subsequently, a tailored care plan will be developed, integrating techniques such as soft tissue treatments, neck mobilisations, nerve gliding exercises, and specific neck exercises, all customised to address your specific needs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where the immune system goes awry and starts attacking the body’s own muscular tendons and joint lining. This results in inflammation, causing affected joints to swell, become painful, and stiffen. It’s common for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis to experience morning stiffness, and the muscles supporting the joints often weaken with age, making everyday tasks more challenging.

We can arrange for experienced physiotherapists to visit you at home and work collaboratively with you to manage your condition effectively. During the initial evaluation, the physiotherapist will assess various aspects, including muscle strength, joint mobility, posture, overall function, and your use of mobility aids. Following this assessment, the physiotherapist will discuss recommended treatments with you and help you establish goals aimed at maximising your potential in your home, at work, and in social settings. These treatments may include advice on using ice, tailored exercise routines, massage, taping, acupuncture, and mobility programs, among others.

Furthermore, we can facilitate the presence of occupational therapists in your home. Occupational therapists specialise in helping individuals regain the ability to engage in meaningful activities and maintain their highest level of independence. They offer a range of services that can include:

  • Home assessments including modifications such as rearranging furniture, building ramps, widening doorways, grab bars, special toilet seats etc
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • Splinting

Fibromyalgia

This condition, which affects fibrous tissues in various parts of the body, including tendons, muscles, and connective tissue, does not typically cause inflammation. It often presents with numerous painful spots and a widespread aching sensation. The elbow is one of the areas that can frequently experience discomfort. Other symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, feelings of sadness, dryness of the lips and eyes, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, sensitivity to warmth, morning stiffness, as well as numbness and tingling sensations.

For individuals dealing with this condition, acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment option. There are strategies available for pain relief, your physiotherapist can assist you in gradually reintegrating exercise and engaging in activities, including sports, work, or hobbies, that you were able to participate in before the onset of your condition. Additionally, they can provide guidance on managing pain flare-ups and adapting to your unique circumstances.

Chronic Pain

Pain that occurs immediately after an injury and persists during the healing process is referred to as acute pain. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is characterised by persistent pain that lingers even after the initial injury has healed. In many cases, there may not be a clear connection between the original injury, which could have resolved some time ago, and the ongoing pain. This is often due to chemical changes in the brain and spinal cord that reroute impulses to pain centres. Consequently, pain can be perceived in response to various sensations, including movement, touch, pressure, stretching, and more. Interestingly, changes in weather, mood, thoughts, or even without any apparent physical stimulus can sometimes trigger the pain system.

In the management of chronic pain, physiotherapy plays a crucial role, addressing not only the pain itself but also a range of associated issues. Physiotherapists work towards providing pain relief and equipping patients with strategies to effectively manage and cope with their pain. This may involve setting goals, creating graduated exercise plans, and offering guidance on how to navigate pain flare-ups and maintain a positive mindset. Ultimately, the objective is to empower individuals to return to their previous levels of engagement in work, sports, and leisure activities, just as they were before the onset of chronic pain.

Other Possible Causes

Before conducting a thorough physical examination, the physiotherapist will gather a detailed history of your symptoms and past medical conditions. It’s important to note that your symptoms could be attributed to various underlying causes, some of which may fall outside the scope of physiotherapy or necessitate additional medical advice and treatment. In such cases, the physiotherapist will make the appropriate referral to your general practitioner (GP) or a suitable specialist physician or consultant. Some potential reasons for referral may include:

  • Cardiovascular Symptoms
  • Respiratory (breathing) Symptoms
  • Gynaecological Symptoms
  • Urinary Or Genital Symptoms
  • Digestive Symptoms
  • Immune System Symptoms
  • Lymph System Symptoms
  • Hormonal Symptoms
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Dermatological (skin) Symptoms
  • Medication Side-Effects
  • Virus
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Disease Process
  • Psychological Problem i.e. Depression, Anxiety

Fracture

An elbow fracture usually occurs due to a fall directly onto the elbow or when landing on an outstretched arm. This type of injury is characterised by severe elbow pain, notable swelling around the elbow joint, and discomfort experienced with any movement.

In cases where a fracture is suspected, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Following medical treatment, physiotherapy can play a significant role in maintaining functionality in the unaffected arm during the healing process. Subsequently, after the injury has fully healed, rehabilitation through physiotherapy is essential to restore stability, strength, and mobility in the elbow joint.

Anterior Interosseous Syndrome

The main median nerve, which passes across the front of the elbow, can branch off to form the anterior interosseous nerve. This nerve is susceptible to direct injuries or compression. When such an injury or compression occurs, it can result in weakness in the muscles supplied by this nerve, including those responsible for bending the thumb and the second and third fingers.

Physiotherapy can provide valuable guidance on methods to reduce inflammation around the affected nerve. Additionally, physiotherapists can offer assistance with splinting and massage techniques to address this condition.

Biceps Tendinopathy

Overuse can lead to sensitivity in the lower tendon of the biceps, which passes across the front of the elbow.

Physiotherapy can be beneficial in reducing irritation of the tendon and providing guidance through a tailored activity regimen to help manage this condition.

Referred Pain From The Neck

Nerve damage or compression in the neck can be the cause of specific upper limb pain. This typically occurs when a particular nerve root, such as those originating from the lower neck region, is affected, resulting in pain radiating to the front of the elbow. Individuals may also experience sensations like burning, tingling, or numbness alongside this discomfort.

Your physiotherapist possesses the expertise to assess factors such as muscle length, the health of discs and joints, mobility, and nerve involvement. This comprehensive evaluation is instrumental in determining whether your pain originates from the neck and in identifying the specific structures contributing to the issue. Subsequently, a tailored care plan will be developed, integrating techniques such as soft tissue treatments, neck mobilisations, nerve gliding exercises, and specific neck exercises, all customised to address your unique needs.

Osteoarthritis Of The Elbow Joint

Osteoarthritis usually impacts the elderly, although it can also affect younger individuals, especially if there is a history of joint damage, excessive use, or a family predisposition. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include aching, stiffness, and occasional limitations in joint mobility. People may also notice crepitus, which is a sensation of joint grating or a loss of the smoothness of movement.

Physiotherapists can play a pivotal role in managing osteoarthritis by devising personalised strengthening and stretching routines. Additionally, they can identify potential factors contributing to the disease. There is evidence to suggest that complementary methods like acupuncture, joint mobilisations, and taping techniques can effectively alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inflammation of the muscular tendons and joint lining can occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body, a condition known as rheumatoid arthritis. This condition leads to swelling, pain, and stiffness in the affected joints, often resulting in morning stiffness. Additionally, supporting muscles around the joints may weaken with age, making it more challenging to perform daily tasks.

Our team can arrange for skilled physiotherapists to visit your home and work closely with you to manage your condition. During your initial appointment with the physiotherapist, they will conduct a comprehensive evaluation that assesses various aspects such as muscle strength, joint mobility, posture, overall function, and the use of mobility aids. Following this evaluation, the physiotherapist will discuss recommended treatments with you and help you set achievable goals to enhance your quality of life at home, work, and in social situations. Some of the treatment options they may offer include advice on managing symptoms with ice, tailored exercise routines, massage therapy, taping techniques, acupuncture, and mobility programs.

Moreover, we can arrange for occupational therapists to visit your home as well. Occupational therapists specialise in assisting individuals in regaining the ability to engage in meaningful activities and in achieving or maintaining their highest level of independence. They offer a range of services to support your needs, including:

  • Home assessments including modifications such as rearranging furniture, building ramps, widening doorways, grab bars, special toilet seats etc
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • Splinting

Fibromyalgia

This condition affects the fibrous tissues throughout various parts of the body, including tendons, muscles, and connective tissue, although it does not lead to inflammation. It often presents with numerous painful spots and a general sensation of aching. The elbows are commonly affected, leading to painful spots in this area. Other associated symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, feelings of sadness, dryness in the lips and eyes, fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to heat, morning stiffness, numbness, and tingling.

Acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for individuals dealing with this condition. There are various pain relief strategies available, and experienced practitioners can assist you in gradually reintegrating exercise and activities that you were capable of before the onset of the disease. Additionally, they can provide valuable guidance on managing pain flare-ups and adapting to your specific situation.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a condition characterised by persistent discomfort that lingers even after the initial injury has healed. Frequently, there is no apparent connection between the original injury, which may have occurred some time ago, and the ongoing pain. Chemical changes in the brain and spinal cord can reroute pain signals to different areas, causing pain to be perceived in response to various stimuli such as movement, touch, pressure, or stretching. Sometimes, factors like weather, mood, thoughts, or even no apparent trigger can activate the pain system without any physical stimulus.

Physiotherapy for chronic pain goes beyond simply addressing the pain itself; it aims to tackle a range of related issues. In addition to providing relief from pain, physiotherapists can assist you in managing it through goal-setting, gradual exercise programs, and guidance on coping with pain flare-ups and negative thought patterns. The ultimate goal is to help you return to your previous level of participation in work, sports, and recreational activities, just as you were before the onset of chronic pain. If necessary, we can also connect you with leading pain experts in London to provide further assistance.

Other Possible Causes

Before performing a thorough physical examination, the physiotherapist will gather a detailed history of your symptoms and your medical background. Your symptoms may be attributed to various potential causes that fall outside the scope of physiotherapy or may necessitate medical intervention in addition to physiotherapy treatment. In such cases, the physiotherapist will refer you to your general practitioner (GP) or an appropriate specialist physician or consultant. Some of these potential underlying causes include:

  • Cardiovascular Symptoms
  • Respiratory (breathing) Symptoms
  • Gynaecological Symptoms
  • Urinary Or Genital Symptoms
  • Digestive Symptoms
  • Immune System Symptoms
  • Lymph System Symptoms
  • Hormonal Symptoms
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Dermatological (skin) Symptoms
  • Medication Side-Effects
  • Virus
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Disease Process
  • Psychological Problems i.e. Depression, Anxiety

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