Elbow pain and injuries are very common complaints, as they can arise from many different circumstances. Athletes are particularly vulnerable to these injuries, especially those in sports that involve repeated extension of the arm.
The elbow is a ball and socket joint where the humerus meets the radius and ulna. It can move in four ways, extension/flexion - bringing the hand in toward the shoulder and out, away from the body - and supination/pronation - turning the palm to the floor and ceiling.
Different injuries will affect this movement in different ways, and a severe elbow injury may halt it completely.
Some of the most common elbow injuries include strains, sprains, tendonitis and bursitis. Lateral Epicondylitis, commonly known as Tennis Elbow, is very common among athletes and occurs due to overuse of the extensor muscles in the forearm. Occasionally an elbow injury will warrant surgery, but most injuries can be dealt with very effectively.
Typically, a mixture of icing, resting, and compressing the area - such as with an elbow brace - are helpful in soothing and correcting the injury. Elevating the elbow above the level of the heart for extended periods also helps, as it facilitates the blood flow in the damaged joint. Myofascial release, cross friction massage, joint manipulation, and mobilization are all ways that we, as the leading Dallas Doctors that treat elbow pain, we can help you to correct and strengthen your elbow after an injury.
It is important to remember with an elbow injury or other causes of joint pain that the muscles affected are both above and below the actual joint, and physical rehabilitation must therefore occur in both places. Gripping exercises, bicep curls, and tricep extensions are all good workouts for a sore elbow, in moderation. Rehabilitory exercises should never hurt, or else they could be doing more damage than good. For this reason, it is important to contact a healthcare professional before starting any routine involving a damaged or formerly damaged area.
If you are experiencing elbow pain or related issues such as tendonitis, we can most likely help you to recover and achieve full range of motion to help you resume a normal, comfortable lifestyle. We always seek to treat the problem at its source rather than relying only on temporary measures such as pain medications. Once the issue has been resolved and the pain is reduced or eliminated, we will continue to help monitor your condition to help keep the pain from reoccuring. Give us a call at (972) 215-7934 today to arrange an initial exam and to begin the road to life without elbow pain.