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Elbow Pain

Dr. Isaac Auyeung PT, DPT, CSCS

Owner and Founder of Renew Sports Rehab

We Commonly Treat the Following Elbow Conditions:

The Most Common Causes

Injury occurs when the same muscle groups are used repeatedly without enough mobility work or recovery time. tissue is subjected to a rapid impact or load 

Impaired Mechanics: joint stiffness or decreased muscular flexibility leads to a restricted range of motion; weakness and muscle imbalance 

Chronic compensations: a previous injury or fear of future harm might cause avoidance of activity in specific muscle groups while overuse of other tissues occurs.

Renew Sports Rehab Therapy Approach

Breaking the cycle of pain requires knowledge, manual therapy, and increased tissue mobility. 

Improve the mechanics of the area’s joints, muscles, and nerves during daily functional duties as well as exercise/sport-specific activities.

Load the tissue to increase strength, power, and endurance, ensuring that the tissues are ready for all required demands without concern of reinjury.

Treatments for the Elbow

Reduce tissue inflammation through bracing, taping, and massage. 

Massage, instrument-assisted mobilization, and cupping can all help to increase tissue mobility.

Specific nerve exercises can help to reduce nerve sensitivity (numbness, tingling, and discomfort that spreads down the arm).

Plyometric and functional activities (throwing, catching, pushing, pulling, and pressing) should be increased.

Important Concepts to Understand

Tissues mend. The body is meant to repair itself, but occasionally our system becomes stuck in the inflammatory phase of tissue repair and needs assistance to get to the recovery phase. 

The true cause of discomfort is frequently unrelated to X-ray and MRI imaging results. On imaging, tissue injury that causes no discomfort or functional limits is possible.

It is also possible to have pain with no obvious findings on imaging, which is frequently caused by nerve tissue oversensitivity.

Soreness after exercise is undesirable, but it is not necessarily a cause for concern. True strength gains necessitate a system overload, which causes micro-damage. When that tissue heals, it becomes thicker and stronger than before. Soreness should be utilized to determine whether the tissue is ready to take on an additional load, whether it should remain at the current level, or whether training intensity should be reduced until the tissue is more prepared.

Through appropriate education, proper mechanics, and progressive tissue loading, it is nearly always possible to return to previous/desired activities.

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