The elbow is a hinge joint connecting the upper arm bone (humerus) with the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna). It consists of three joints enclosed within a capsule and held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Many things can make your elbow hurt. A common cause is tendinitis, an inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Although tendinitis of the elbow is a sports injury, often from playing tennis or golf, it also results from other overuse activities of the elbow.
Common Elbow Conditions Treated
1. Strains or Sprains
4. Tennis or golfer's elbow
Factors often overlooked in the Treatment of Elbow conditions
- Pain referral from the neck or upper back
- Wrist mobility; stiffness at the wrist can alter load requirements at he elbow with overuse issues
- Local joint restrictions at the elbow may be a cause, Mulligan techniques are often successful in these cases
Hints for preventing overuse issues with the elbow
- Take frequent breaks from activities that require extensive hand and wrist motions
- Reduce or avoid the lifting of objects with the arm extended
- Reduce repetitive gripping and grasping with the hand and wrist
- Decrease the overall tension of gripping
- Avoid the extremes of bending and full extension
- Work with the elbow in a partially flexed position