Elbow pain is a debilitating condition that can greatly affect quality and comfort of life. While it usually isn’t serious, it's generally caused by overuse.
Symptoms that can indicate an elbow injury include (Reference #1, 2):
- Weakness with your grip
- Inability to pick up and hold items (such as a kettle)
- Pain around the elbow, especially at night
- Pain into the hand and fingers, or up into the shoulder
- Numbness and tingling into the fingers or hand
- Pain around the elbow when performing tasks such as using scissors, shears, stapler etc.
Common elbow injuries can include (Reference #1, 2):
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Muscle tears
- Elbow (olecranon) dislocation
If you find any of the following apply to you, please contact us or your GP:
- Obvious deformity in your elbow
- A protruding bone
- Pain extending into the shoulder and jaw
What we may do
An osteopathic appointment at Muna will consist of:
- History: This will include questions on your past medical history, method of injury, post injury history (returning to work, sport, etc.) and any subsequent treatment or exercise prescription that may be relevant.
- Assessment and Examination: This will consist of orthopaedic testing, testing of range of motion and tissue quality, functional movement limitations, as well as any pain disability questionnaires that may be relevant.
- Treatment: The extent and types of treatment that may occur during your consult will vary greatly depending on the cause of your shoulder injury. As such the aim may be to:
- Improve range of motion and mobility of joints within your neck, spine, shoulders and hand.
- Decrease compression or irritation of nerves.
- Decrease muscular strain and tension that could be affecting posture as well as shoulder and elbow biomechanics.
- Provide specific stretching and strengthening exercises or rehabilitation programs.
- Provide advice for posture control, management of aggravating factors to return you as quickly as possible to work and sport, and symptomatic relief, such as ice/heat application, etc.
If we feel your condition needs further attention, then we may refer you for imaging, to your GP, or to a specialist.
What you can do
- If the shoulder was injured whilst playing sport or working please follow the RICER acronym (for more information, please click here)
- Don’t attempt to force yourself to continue performing the function that caused the current injury or causes any current pain