The elbow is a common source of pain. Due to the elbow acting as the base support for many of the muscles and tendons which control our wrist and fingers, overuse injuries tend to present themselves as elbow pain. Elbow pain can also be associated with a stiff neck and tight neural structures such as the ulna, median and radial nerve.
Elbow pain can be caused by:
- An overuse injury, such as typing with a poor set-up, repetitive lifting and poor force transfer
- Sporting injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow and throwing injuries such as baseball and softball pitchers.
- The elbow is a common site for fractures
- Olecranon bursitis
- Referred pain from the neck, due to poor cervical mobility, and tightness of neural structures
The most common symptoms of elbow pain are:
- Pain and stiffness in the joint
- Swelling or fluid on the elbow (olecranon)
- Tenderness to touch
- Weakness with gripping objects and completing daily activities such as brushing teeth, making a cup of tea
- Pain pushing up through the forearm
- Clicking and Locking
- Pins and needles in the fingers or forearm
Elbow pain can worsen if left for long periods leading to a poor prognosis and long recovery time. If you are having elbow pain or experience any of the symptoms above make an appointment to see our expert Physiotherapists who will assess and guide you in your recovery.