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Elbow Pain

Elbows are primarily hinge joint which allow for a small amount of glide to take place between ulnar and radius.

Injuries to the elbow are classic in golfers and tennis players with the labels “golfers elbow” and “tennis elbow” respectively.  The repetitive impact of racket sports places stress through the tendons of elbow creating tendinopathy.  In the case of the budding sportsman who has this injury reoccur then further examination of the entire kinematic chain is made to determine where dysfunction in another location could be causing undue stress on the elbow.

Although common in sports elbow issues can also arise in people who have manoeuvred wrong or done a lot of repetitive lifting such as ironing or housework.  In those people who have this injury present in both elbows there may be an inflammatory process that needs further investigation.

Elbow Related Conditions

  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis).

  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis).

  • Olecranon bursitis.

  • Pulled elbow.  This is when a young child dislocates the radial bone from its ligamentous joint capsule.

  • Snapping tricep / snapping ulnar nerve.  This is where the tricep tendon or the ulnar nerve snaps in and out of the ular groove.

  • Nerve Entrapments.  

Techniques Frequently Used

  • Myofascial release (the releasing actively or passively of the soft tissues contributing toward the problem).

  • Active or passive release of the nerve or tendon.

  • Home exercises to strengthen the tendons.

  • Joint mobilization

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