Elbow Pain

Are You Experiencing Difficulty in Lifting Weights, Carrying Groceries, Playing Tennis/Golf/Pickleball, or Performing Your Normal Work or Home Duties Due to Pain in Your Elbow?

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Common Elbow Conditions We Address:

We understand the immense stress that comes with managing elbow pain symptoms and concerns.

  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow): A condition affecting the inner side of the elbow, often associated with repetitive wrist flexion or gripping activities.

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow): A condition affecting the outer side of the elbow, typically caused by repetitive wrist extension or gripping actions.

  • Biceps Rupture: A condition where the biceps tendon tears, leading to pain and weakness in the elbow and arm.

  • Joint Instability: A condition characterized by an unstable elbow joint, causing pain, limited range of motion, and a feeling of looseness or “giving way” in the joint.
Frequent Causes:
  • Injury: Repeatedly utilizing the same muscle groups without sufficient mobility exercises or recovery time, or experiencing sudden impact or excessive strain on the tissues.

  • Impaired Mechanics: Joint stiffness or reduced muscle flexibility can result in a limited range of motion. Weakness and muscle imbalances can also contribute to this issue.

  • Chronic Compensations: Prior injuries or a fear of future injuries may lead to avoiding certain muscle groups, while inadvertently placing excessive strain on other tissues due to compensatory movements.
Ascent Sports Rehab & Performance Approach:
  • Break the Pain Cycle: By providing comprehensive education, employing manual therapy techniques, and enhancing tissue mobility, we aim to disrupt the cycle of pain.

  • Enhance Joint, Muscle, and Nerve Mechanics: Our approach focuses on improving the mechanics of the affected joints, muscles, and nerves during daily functional tasks, as well as exercise and sport-specific activities.

  • Strengthen and Condition the Tissues: We incorporate progressive loading strategies to enhance strength, power, and endurance, ensuring that the tissues are prepared for the demands placed on them without fear of re-injury.
Elbow-Specific Treatments:
  • Reduce Tissue Inflammation: We utilize techniques such as bracing, taping, and massage to decrease inflammation in the affected tissues.

  • Improve Tissue Mobility: Through the application of massage, instrument-assisted mobilization, cupping, and dry needling, we aim to enhance tissue mobility in the elbow area.

  • Alleviate Nerve Sensitivity: For symptoms like numbness, tingling, or pain radiating down the arm, we employ specific nerve exercises to reduce nerve sensitivity.

  • Progress Functional Activities: We gradually introduce plyometric exercises and functional activities like throwing, catching, pushing, pulling, and pressing to improve overall function and performance.
Key Points to Understand:
  1. Tissue Healing: The body possesses the natural ability to repair itself. However, at times, the healing process can become stuck in the inflammatory phase, requiring assistance to transition into the recovery phase.

  2. Pain Source: The true cause of pain often has little correlation with the results of X-ray or MRI imaging. It is possible to have tissue damage visible on imaging without experiencing pain or functional limitations. Conversely, pain can be present without any visible findings on imaging, usually due to heightened sensitivity in nervous tissue.

  3. Exercise-Related Soreness: While soreness after exercise is not the ultimate goal, it is not always a cause for concern. Achieving genuine strength gains necessitates subjecting the body to overload, causing micro-damage. As the tissue recovers, it becomes thicker and stronger than before. Monitoring soreness can help determine if the tissue is ready for increased load, should maintain the current level, or requires a reduction in training intensity until the tissue is better prepared.

  4. Return to Activities: With proper education, correct mechanics, and progressive tissue loading, it is nearly always possible to resume previous or desired activities. By following these principles, individuals can enhance their chances of successfully returning to their desired level of activity.

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