ELBOW PAIN:
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Elbow Pain

Elbow Pain Treatment

Elbow pain problems are often complex and may take a long time to resolve. We use massage and stretching techniques to reduce tension in tight local muscles and ligaments, and gradually improve the movement in your elbow. We may also realign the joints and massage the muscles in your neck, shoulder, upper back, forearm and wrist if we judge they contribute to your elbow pain. We may also use dry needling (modern acupuncture) to relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation and tissue repair. We provide specific tailored exercises to strengthen and/or loosen the elbow, give advice on posture and lifestyle, and may offer input on appropriate elbow brace support or sports strapping.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Elbow Pain Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness around the outside of the elbow joint – may be referred to as “tennis elbow”
  • Pain around the inner side of the elbow joint – may be referred to as “golfer’s elbow”
  • N.B.: Both are injuries from repetitive overuse or wear and tear from the everyday use of the computer mouse or a working tool, from a hobby or may result from the trigger of a single injury
  • Sharp pain on movement, when grabbing or carrying an object
  • Pain and restriction of the elbow joint in its various ranges of motion
Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

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Top Tips to Manage/Avoid Elbow Pain

  • 1.Avoid staying in the same position for too long
  • 2.Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk or in front of a screen
  • 3.Do not sit at your desk for longer than two hours – get up, move and stretch
  • 4.Ensure you use an ergonomic, “semi-pronated” or “vertical” mouse
  • 5.If you are a heavy computer user, alternate using the mouse with the left and right hand
  • 6.If you continuously use a tool – hammer or screw-driver – challenge yourself to use it with both hands
  • 7.Have a daily routine of gentle neck, shoulder and back exercises to keep your shoulder, neck and upper back relaxed – specifically, ensure you are stretching chest muscles and strengthening back muscles between your shoulder blades
  • 8.Stretch and shake the muscles of the forearm
  • 9.Use a stress ball when convenient to stimulate muscle action and blood circulation and/or a power ball to strengthen and balance out the action of the forearm muscle groups
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