The elbow allows for flexion (bending) and extension (straightening out) of the forearm. It also allows for supination (turning the palm up) and pronation (turning the palm down) in the forearm. The elbow also serves as the origin site for the muscles that control the wrist and hand.
The most common injuries to the elbow area are those of overuse. Lateral epicondylitis, aka tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the group of muscles in the forearm where they connect on the outside of the elbow. Medial epicondylitis, aka golfer’s elbow, is an inflammation of the group of muscles in the forearm where they connect to the inside of the elbow. Elbow pain can radiate up and down the arm. The whole area may be tender and any movement of the wrist and elbow can aggravate it more.
Typically some rest, or a change in arm usage is needed to help heal elbow conditions. Dr H’Doubler can help identify activities in your daily life that are contributing to these types of pain. Also, taping, bracing, ice, massage, electrical therapy and/or ultrasound can help speed the recovery time for elbow issues.
Additionally, bones in the elbow can move slightly out of place. Gentle adjustments to the elbow, wrist and shoulder can help remedy this problem, by restoring normal joint function. This in turn will normalize muscle function helping the elbow problem to heal quicker.