How Can Physiotherapy Treat Elbow Pain?

Physiotherapy can play an important role in treating and managing elbow injuries. When injury or dysfunction occur at the joint, this can severely hinder physical activities, as well as activities of daily living. The objective is to help patients restore strength, function, and range of motion that will help them make a safe return to their desired activities.

Examples of elbow conditions that physiotherapy can help treat: 

  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Elbow Fractures
  • Olecranon Bursitis 
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Sprains and Strains

Physiotherapists start by conducting an assessment to identify possible sources of elbow pain. Once causes are determined, an appropriate treatment plan can be created. Physiotherapy methods encompass hands on therapy as well as personalized exercises aimed to enhance and restore strength, function, and range of motion. Another important part of physiotherapy for elbow injuries is teaching patients about their injury. This includes explaining how the injury happened, how to prevent it from happening again, how to use their body mechanics, and how to change activities to avoid pain.