ELBOW OVERUSE INJURIES
If you suffer from pain in the elbow related to an overuse injury, don’t hesitate to Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists.
What are Elbow Overuse Injuries?
Just like any machine, your body can wear out when used for repetitive, strenuous tasks. Elbow overuse injuries occur when you strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow by repeatedly performing the same motions, usually related to work or sports. Without proper treatment and rest, these injuries can worsen over time and potentially lead to long-term complications. The pain may become chronic, affecting not only your physical well-being but also your mental and emotional state. Simple actions like lifting objects or gripping can become excruciating and frustrating. Elbow tendonitis can also occur.
Some common elbow overuse injuries include:
Symptoms and Treatments For Elbow Overuse Injuries
Symptoms of elbow overuse injuries typically include pain, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion. Treatment for these injuries often involves a combination of rest, activity modification, ice or heat therapy, physical therapy exercises, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and in some cases, splinting or bracing.
While similar in some ways, these injuries can stem from different causes and require unique treatment strategies.
Seeking appropriate medical care and following a comprehensive treatment plan is crucial for recovery. This may include rest, physical therapy, medications, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention. However, even with treatment, the road to recovery can be long and require significant patience and commitment.
Preventing further injury and recurrence of elbow overuse injuries is essential. This involves modifying activities, using proper technique, incorporating adequate rest and recovery periods, and engaging in strength and flexibility exercises to maintain optimal joint health.
Remember, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for any injury or medical condition.