Are you suffering from Elbow Pain? There are a variety of conditions and injuries that can trigger moderate to severe elbow pain. These conditions can be debilitating, affecting your ability to work, enjoy playing a musical instrument or your favourite sports. At Central Victorian Hand Therapy (Central Victorian Hand Therapy), our Hand Therapists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating the conditions / injuries underlying your elbow pain?
Common causes for elbow pain include: Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), Elbow Fractures & Dislocations, Radial Head Fracture, Distal Biceps Rupture and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Neuritis).
Here are common causes and symptoms of elbow pain:
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a condition resulting in pain along the outside of your upper forearm to your elbow due to overexertion from repetitive use. Despite its name, this condition is not limited to athletes. It can affect anyone whose daily life requires constant repetitive motions of the elbow. The pain and weakness can make it difficult to do things like open doors and grip things.
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is essentially the mirror of Tennis Elbow, as it occurs from repetitive use of the muscles on the inside of the elbow instead of the outside. In addition to the pain and weakness associated with the condition, patients may also suffer from numbness and tingling radiating all the way up to the ring and little fingers.
Elbow Fractures are a result of injury, and elbow fractures may require surgery depending on the severity of the break and the presence of fragments or displacement.
Elbow dislocations occur when the three major bones of the arm (the humerus as the large bone in the upper arm, and the radius and ulna as the bones in the forearm) are out of alignment. This can occur due to injury or extreme strain.
Distal Biceps Rupture
The distal biceps is the muscle that controls the movement and rotation of our elbows and forearms. When this muscle ruptures, it has torn away from the radius. Patients sometimes hear a “pop” when they experience this injury, and a painful lump may form on the forearm.
Radial Head Fracture
This is a type of elbow fracture that typically occurs when a traumatic force cracks the radius and the humerus together hard enough to break the head of the radius. Bad falls directly onto the wrist or elbow, rough contact sports, and vehicular accidents can all result in this type of injury.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Neuritis)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Neuritis) is a condition which involves the agitation or stretching of the ulnar nerve within the elbow. It’s caused by anything from holding a bent position for too long (such as during sleep) to the nerve’s natural shift between the bones in the arm. It can result in pain, numbness and tingling, and weakness throughout the arm to the hand, ending in the ring and little fingers.
I Have Elbow Pain – Should I See A Hand Therapist?
If you have been diagnosed with any of the conditions above or have injured your elbow or are experiencing elbow pain, don’t hesitate to contact Central Victorian Hand Therapy (Central Victorian Hand Therapy) to make an appointment for a consultation to diagnose and develop a treatment plan manage your condition, reduce pain an to aid in your recovery.