ELBOW PHYSICAL THERAPY
If you suffer from chronic elbow pain, don’t hesitate to Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists.
Many people can suffer from overuse conditions of the elbow without even knowing, such as Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow. In many cases, a physical therapist can work with patients to relieve overuse conditions without resorting to surgical options.
How Will a Physical Therapist Address My Elbow?
For the first 48 hours after the pain starts, patients should:
- Rest their arm and avoid using it if at all possible
- Ice the elbow for 10-20 minutes at a time
- Use wraps or gause to tighten around the joint and increase stability
The physical therapist will examine your elbow and decide if you should use a brace. Your physical therapist will then work with you by having you perform special exercises, along with any other therapies they feel appropriate for the elbow. They will also likely prescribe a routine for patients to exercise their elbow at home to strengthen the elbow joint:
- Early on, Elbow Physical Therapists will likely prescribe light, passive movements to keep the joint in motion.
- Eventually the exercises will increase activity as your symptoms improve.
- Finally, a physical therapist will likely help you progress to a higher level of strength as your symptoms decrease. Carefully guided strength training can help grow the muscles and help you avoid similar elbow overuse injuries in the future.