Injuries and pain in the elbow can develop from a variety of reasons.
One little slip on the ice may leave a middle-aged woman dealing with pain and loss of motion from a fractured elbow.
A truck driver might begin to feel numbness and tingling down his arm from leaning on his elbow for long lengths of time.
Likewise, the weekend warrior may notice sharp shooting pains when playing on the tennis court or golf course.
No matter the reason, elbow pain can make everyday tasks difficult and painful.
How are you supposed to brush your teeth when you can’t bend your elbow to your mouth?
Relieve elbow pain and improve function.
Luckily, simple stretches, exercises, and modifications can help minimize your elbow pain and stiffness.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Pain in the elbow can be caused by inflamed tendons on their bony attachments, overworked forearm muscles, or irritated nerves that travel through the elbow into the arm or hand.
Have you ever hit your ‘funny bone’ – it’s not really a bone – and felt a zinging sensation down your arm?
Elbow injuries can be caused by repetitive motion or overuse. You may have heard of common elbow conditions, terms such as tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, radial tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome… I could go on.
However, the elbow is also susceptible to traumatic fractures from slipping on the ice or wet kitchen floor.
Because the elbow only bends and flexes, it can quickly become stiff and painful, leaving you with very limited functional use.
There is a better, faster way to treat pain.
Most elbow conditions can be treated with specific active or self-guided movements and modifications to your daily tasks.
Typically, traditional rehabilitation clinics rely heavily on unnecessary, unproven treatments.
I want to make it simpler for you by skipping the complicated treatments and focusing on getting you better faster.
1-on-1 treatment saves you time and money.
I know you have many choices when it comes to caring for your painful elbow. I want to make things as easy and convenient as possible… after all, life is too short to be spending it driving to your next appointment or sitting in a waiting room.
Whether you’ve had elbow surgery or are hoping to avoid injections, pills, or surgery, I can help you.
Our virtual visit is just like any other face-to-face appointment.
First, we perform an assessment. I’ll figure out what is going on by examining your elbow and forearm movement, investigating factors that increase or decrease pain, identifying the onset and events causing your pain, work and lifestyle considerations, and more.
I’ll keep assessing your elbow until I have all the information needed to create the right custom rehabilitation program for your injury.
Second, we will begin treatment. Your elbow treatment will include active or self-guided movements you need to do with real time feedback, modifications you may need to make to decrease your pain, and suggested equipment or household items that may help you recover quicker.
Finally, there is recovery. To determine if we are on the right path toward your recovery, I want to make sure you are seeing immediate improvements. By reassessing your motions in real-time, I will be able to give you the most accurate program with results that you can instantly see.
Don’t wait to address your elbow pain, stiffness, or weakness!
If you are looking to heal and prevent elbow pain, you have come to the right place!
See our Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to questions you may have regarding your elbow pain and stiffness.
What are common causes of elbow pain?
A traumatic injury or repetitive use of the elbow can cause severe pain or stiffness. As a result, tendons can become inflamed from overuse, leading to muscle imbalances.
Consequently, poor postures when lifting, repetitive use, or too much weight into the elbow can also be aggravating factors.
Common elbow conditions causing pain and stiffness can include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, olecranon bursitis, and ulnar collateral ligament injury.
My elbow is very stiff and painful. What exercises can I perform?
There are many elbow exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and function.
We have many exercises to get you well on your way to using your elbow again. For example, a simple suggestion may be to hold your purse or grocery bag, letting your stiff elbow stretch out straight.
Should I see a doctor for my elbow pain?
If you have sustained a traumatic injury to your elbow, you should seek care from a physician. A Board Certified, Fellowship-trained hand surgeon should be able to provide you with the best plan of care and outcome.
On the other hand, if you are looking to avoid unnecessary treatments, let’s talk first to see if I can help you or at least steer you in the right direction.
Should I wear a brace or splint on my elbow?
This will greatly depend on your pain and injury.
We never suggest applying a brace or splint until you know exactly what is going on in your elbow.
A brace or splint could lead to unnecessary stiffness; and with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.
How can I prevent elbow injuries?
Fortunately, there are many tips to prevent elbow injuries.
Strengthening exercises can help provide stability in the muscles surrounding your elbow; secondly, various stretches or nerve glides can increase flexibility and decrease nerve tension.
In addition, massaging painful joints or providing soft compression can help ease pain and stiffness.
Don’t forget modifications to your workspace can help prevent overuse syndromes, such as cubital tunnel, tennis elbow, or golfer’s elbow.
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