The elbow is a highly intricate joint that plays a vital role in our daily activities, from lifting a cup of coffee to throwing a baseball. It is crucial for physiotherapists to have a good understanding of its anatomy and common injuries in order to provide effective care and rehabilitation.
The elbow joint is formed by three bones: the humerus, radius, and ulna. These bones come together to create a hinge joint that allows the forearm to be flexed and extended. Additionally, the joint permits a certain degree of rotation, which is essential for tasks that require precise movements, such as typing or turning a doorknob. Several ligaments and tendons, including the ulnar collateral ligament and the common extensor and flexor tendons, provide stability and enable the joint’s various movements.
Treatments for Elbow Injury
If you are experiencing elbow pain, F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic is here to help. Our team conducts a thorough assessment to determine the root cause of the pain, whether it’s due to conditions like tennis elbow, strains, or other issues. Based on the assessment, we design customized treatment plans that include targeted exercises to strengthen and improve flexibility in the affected muscles and joints.
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In addition to exercises, we also offer manual therapies such as joint mobilizations and soft tissue techniques to reduce pain and improve range of motion. We use advanced therapies like shockwave and class IV laser to enhance healing in the elbow region. Our therapists also educate patients on ergonomics, posture, and self-care strategies to prevent future pain.
What Causes Elbow Injury
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Overuse of forearm tendons can result in elbow pain. At F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic, we use manual therapies and Shockwave and laser therapies to reduce inflammation, remove fluid, and promote circulation. To help with healing, our therapists use EMS and may recommend a strap, brace, or splint. For long-term relief, we prescribe strengthening exercises to be done at our center or at home.
- Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Therapists focus on reducing pain and improving strength in the affected area, similar to Tennis Elbow, for patients with Golfer’s Elbow.
- Elbow Sprains and Strains: Elbow injuries can occur due to overstretching or tearing of the ligaments or tendons. These injuries can be caused by a traumatic event such as a fall or by repetitive activities such as throwing, writing, typing, or resting on the elbow. Physiotherapy treatments are focused on improving stability, reducing pain, and enhancing the range of motion. This can be achieved through various exercises and modalities such as shockwave, EMS, and laser therapies.
- Elbow Fractures: Fractures of the humerus, radius, or ulna can occur due to falls or trauma. At the F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic, our practitioners play a crucial role in post-fracture rehabilitation. We help patients regain their strength and mobility while minimizing complications. Our class IV lasers are effective in spurring bone healing, and ensure that the result is a joint that operates smoothly. If you want to heal faster after a fracture, come check us out!
- Olecranon bursitis: Your elbow’s bony point is the olecranon. Resting too much on your elbow irritates the tissues where the triceps attaches. A fluid-filled sac reduces friction between the bone and muscle, but it can become inflamed. A physiotherapist will use shockwave, laser therapies, and EMS to help flatten the bursa, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the muscle’s attachment to the bone.
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Ulnar nerve compression causes numbness and tingling in the pinkie and ring finger. At F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief, we use class IV laser and Shockwave therapies to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and ease pressure on the nerve. EMS therapies help strengthen muscles and reduce numbness. Our Physiotherapists also provide nerve gliding exercises and strengthening techniques for long-term relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are experiencing elbow pain, we suggest giving your elbow a break, applying ice, elevating your arm and taking over-the-counter pain relievers for temporary relief. At F.R.O.M., we are here to help you recover from elbow pain; our physiotherapists and occupational therapists may apply various techniques depending on your specific injury to help you relieve pain and improve your injury.
If you are experiencing any of the following: pain intensity or limited range of motion, physiotherapy can help improve your pain, range of motion and overall quality of daily life. At F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic we specialize in Laser therapy (low-level light lasers, cold lasers), Radiofrequency EMS, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and AI-assisted therapies. Depending on the severity of your injury, a physical therapist may refer you to an orthopedic doctor who specializes in such injuries.
Lifting heavy loads can cause strain to your limbs and cause an acute injury. Our physical therapists are here to help you recover; your treatment may include manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, bracing and other pain management therapies. There are measures you can take outside of the clinic, which will be suggested case by case, such as ensuring proper form and techniques, reducing weight or limiting lifting, applying ice, and wearing a brace in some cases.