Elbow Pain

Elbow pain is a common problem and can be caused by trauma, sport, or even overstrain injuries from desk work for example.  

Common conditions associated with elbow pain are:

Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow 

Tennis Elbow is clinically termed “lateral epicondylitis”.   

Golfers’ Elbow is clinically termed “medial epicondylitis”. 

As the names suggest, tennis elbow can be caused by playing tennis and golfers’ elbow by golf.   

However, they may also be as a result of other activities that place repeated stress on the elbow joint, such as decorating or desk work. 

Tennis elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles that attach to your elbow and move the wrist. If the muscles and tendons are strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop near the bony lump (the lateral epicondyle) on the outside of your elbow. This can cause a lot of pain and may take a long time to resolve 

For tennis elbow, pain is mostly felt on the outside of the elbow, whereas golfers’ elbow is mostly felt in the inside of the elbow. The pain can be aggravated by lifting things like a cup of tea, twisting the wrist and gripping tightly.  

Our osteopaths will fully assess your injury to understand the seat of the pain, before making recommendations about treatment.  This may combine deep soft tissue massage, articulation and stretches, while joint manipulation and/or shock-wave therapy may also be warranted. 

Bursitis 

Bursitis refers to inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluidfilled sac that surrounds bony protrusions of the skeleton that come into contact with surfaces, such as the shoulder, knee, and elbow.  

The bursa in the elbow is located on around the tip of the elbow. This bursa can become inflamed, painful, red and warm to touch. 

Bursitis can be caused by prolonged pressure on the elbow, trauma, infection, or linked to other medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and gout. 

Potential treatment options for elbow pain:   

  • Shockwave therapy  
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Ice to reduce inflammation and pain 
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (please ask GP before using) 
  • Avoiding strenuous activity 
  • Self-massage on the affected area 
  • Gentle stretches and exercises to be recommended by your practitioner 
  • Braces 
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