Physical therapy often provides the best treatment for elbow pain, not only providing relief, but also teaching you techniques to prevent re-injury and avoid elbow pain in the future.
Physical therapy for elbow pain focuses on promoting tendon healing, restoring normal range of motion, and building muscle strength and endurance.
A Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus physical therapist will always start by asking you questions designed to help figure out the scope of the problem, everything from your lifestyle to medical history. If your elbow pain was caused by major trauma or disease, your physical therapist will consult with your doctor.
Our next step is to create a treatment plan to help relieve your elbow pain. In addition to giving you exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, and stability, other options include:
- Application of ice or heat
- Electrical stimulation of muscle groups
- Massage therapy
Most physical therapy sessions last about an hour, although the time can vary. The total number of sessions will depend on the particular circumstances of your elbow pain. Some patients need only a few sessions, while others may require months of therapy.
Appropriate exercises for stretching, strengthening, and increasing your endurance are vital to your recovery. A Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus physical therapist will recommend the best stretching and strengthening exercises for your condition.
Exercises to build or maintain good fitness are important for your recovery. Walking, cycling, water aerobics, jogging, and other aerobic exercises can increase your heart and lung fitness and increase general strength and endurance, without making your injury worse. These activities also increase blood circulation which supplies the injured tendon with more oxygen and may promote healing.
Following the right physical therapy should not only enable you to feel better faster, but also stay pain-free following your recovery. Call Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Ulnar Neuropathy
- Elbow Sprain/Strain
- Olecranon Bursitis