Elbow pain when bending and straightening — steps to relief

There are many sports-related injuries and repetitive motions that can contribute to elbow pain that is more pronounced during bending and straightening motions. For example, one of the most common conditions that causes these symptoms is called tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis. This inflammation of the elbow joint caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket can cause pain on the outside of the elbow that is most noticeable when extending the arm. 

No matter what the cause of your elbow pain is, it is extremely important to seek immediate diagnosis and treatment from a qualified professional. Delaying care can result in symptoms worsening and the injury requiring more intensive treatment. 

For most causes of elbow pain, physical therapy can be highly effective. By learning more about the typical steps involved in working with a physical therapist, you can take a more confident and proactive role in your treatment. 

How a physical therapist identifies and treats elbow pain

When you first meet with a therapist for an initial appointment, here are the typical steps you can expect: 

  • A discussion of your specific symptoms and pain levels
  • A review of your medical and treatment history, including any diagnostic testing or imagery that has been performed
  • A hands-on examination of your elbow
  • Movement and range-of-motion tests

With this information your therapist can assess the sources of your pain and develop effective treatments. Physical therapy typically involves a combination of active and passive methods designed to relieve pain, promote healing, improve range of motion and strengthen important supporting muscles. 

By consistently attending sessions and making recommended lifestyle adjustments, patients can overcome their injury and promote the long-term health of their elbow. 

Work with the elbow pain experts at Back in Motion

When you come to Back in Motion you can expect the highest level of care from our experienced clinicians. We’ll work with you on a one-on-one basis to isolate the underlying causes of your pain and develop a custom-tailored treatment plan. Our goal is to get you back to the quality of life and activity level you deserve. 

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.