Physiotherapy for Elbow Injuries

There are several types of elbow injuries. The most common, however, is tendinitis, which is the inflammation of any of the tendons attaching to your elbow area. A tendon is a strong band of tissue connecting a muscle to a bone. Two common types of tendinitis occurring at the elbow are lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow).

Other elbow injuries may include

Physiotherapy for Elbow Injuries

The physiotherapy treatment that you will receive for your elbow injury depends on the specific problem and severity. Severe cases should be seen by a qualified health care provider for prompt diagnosis and treatment. In any case, however, physiotherapy can help you manage your symptoms, strengthen your weakened muscles and help you return to your original activity or highest possible function.

Your physiotherapist will ask about your activity at the time of your injury and any other important related data. In addition, your physiotherapist will be conducting a thorough physiotherapy evaluation and examination of your injured elbow. You will be active in decision making as to what plan of treatment will be provided to you with the help of your physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy Treatment Options for Elbow Injuries

Depending on your elbow injury, signs and symptoms, your goals and whether you’ve undergone surgery or not, your physiotherapist may provide you with a combination of the following physiotherapy treatments
  • Cold therapy or Cryotherapy
  • Immobilization if necessary for a few weeks
  • Bandaging/taping
  • Heat therapy
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities (Ultrasound, TENS)
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Gradual range of motion exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • General conditioning exercises
  • Progressive strengthening exercises
  • Patient and family education
    • About the patient’s specific condition
    • Precautions to observe
    • Self care of symptoms
    • Wound self-care (if with operation)
    • Activity modification
    • Injury prevention
  • Home management and exercise program
  • Work/Activity/Sport-specific rehabilitation program

The treatments enumerated above will not be given to you in one visit. The type of treatment that you will receive will be based on your specific problems and goals. Your doctor or physiotherapist will be the one to help you decide which appropriate treatment or intervention is best for you.

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