Elbow Pain

elbow painElbow pain is a relatively common problem and can be caused by inflammed tendons, ligaments and bursa in different areas of the joint. The tendons become inflammed due to muscles tightening from overuse or sports injury, even from prolonged periods of writing or typing. Tennis elbow (medial epicondylitis), golfers elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and plasterers elbow would all be very common.

Strains involving stretches or tears to the ligaments supporting the joint can happen when the elbow is over extended. Another cause of elbow pain is entrapment of the ulnar nerve running from the elbow down the inside of your arm to your pinky and ring finger. This can become pinched due to swelling or palposition of soft and hard tissues within the elbow. Arthritis and gout can be yet more causes of elbow pain.

Your osteopath will investigate your injury to determine what structure is causing the problem and work with you to develop the most effective treatment plan including home care advice. Occasionally to assist in the healing process, supports may be recommended.