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Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

h9991854_001Diagnosis: Tennis elbow is a condition in which the tendons on the outside of the elbow become strained and painful.

Symptoms: Pain and weakness are common symptoms of tennis elbow. Pain may radiate from the outside of the elbow to the wrist, and is typically reported in activities such as pooring, turning door knobs, or holding coffee cups.

Causes: Tennis elbow is typically an overuse injury caused by repetitive motions of the muscles that straighten and raise the hand and wrist. This stress can result in microtears of the tendons, causing pain and inflammation. Although frequently playing tennis may result in these symptoms, it is not the only cause. Other repetitive motions such as painting, using plumbing tools, driving screws, or chopping food can increase your risk for development.

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Manual mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilizations
  • Forearm strengthening exercises
  • Task specific performance analysis

Elbow dislocation

elbow-dislocation-1Diagnosis: A dislocation is an injury in which the bones of the elbow come out of the joint and stay outside of their normal position.

Symptoms: When the elbow is dislocated it may appear deformed or misplaced, swollen, discolored, immobile, and/or intensely painful.

Causes: Elbow dislocations often occur during contact sports such as football or hockey, as well as during sports that involve falling, such as downhill skiing or gymnastics. Dislocations can also be hereditary, as some people are born with “looser” ligaments than others.

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise after a reduction. Treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnosis/treatment
  • Stretching exercises to restore range of motion
  • Manual mobilizations
  • Bracing or taping for stability.
  • Joint stabilization exercises
  • Task specific performance analysis