The elbow is a hinged joint that is made up of three bones (humerus, ulna and radius). It enables us to bend or extend our hand toward or away from us and is essential for everyday function. Whilst elbow pain can be caused by trauma, such as a fall, injuries to the elbow are mostly caused by overuse of the muscles. This is typically due to repetitive arm actions such as tennis, cleaning, or painting.
The injury can become chronic (longer that 3 months) due to inadequate injury management, not modifying the aggravating activity, poor sporting technique or poor body biomechanics. Elbow problems can lead to pain, stiffness, weakness, reduced upper limb function and inability to perform your normal activities.
Physiotherapy can help by taking a precise history and examination of the area, treating the elbow with hands on therapy, soft tissue work, exercises, tape and/or posture work.