You never really realize just how much you use your elbow until you are in near-constant pain. You may not be an athlete trying to hit a tennis ball but rather, just wanting to complete daily activities without constant pain. Your elbow joint allows you to lift things, swing your arm and give a warm hug. It’s the apex of three bones — the humerus, ulna and radius. If anything happens to the bones, cartilage or ligaments in this area, pain can occur.
Causes of elbow pain
When it comes to elbow pain, there can be a lot of different causes. Most elbow injuries occur due to wear and tear and overuse. Here are some of the more common elbow pain causes:
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow — They’re not just for athletes. Both of these conditions include damaged tendons around the elbow from overuse.
- Dislocated elbow — If you have been told you have a dislocated elbow, that means one of the bones that forms your elbow has been knocked out of place. A physical therapist can help you heal from this injury with specialized care.
- Strain or sprain — You can strain or sprain your elbow by overstretching or tearing your muscles or ligaments, respectively.
- Arthritis — There are many different types of arthritis that can cause joint pain. Typically, the type of arthritis that impacts the elbow is called rheumatoid arthritis.
Is it time to call a virtual physical therapist?
If you are dealing with chronic elbow pain, it may be time to call a physical therapist. A virtual physical therapist will customize a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals. Your specialist will work with you to help you achieve a positive outcome. Are you ready to find relief from your elbow pain?
What to expect
In order to see the most improvement from your virtual physical therapy care, it’s crucial to be active and engaged in the program. Stick to the exercises prescribed to help strengthen and improve your elbow as your pain decreases.Your Agile Virtual Physical Therapy clinician will teach you how to safely perform the exercises and stretches at home and will monitor your progress.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.