A local physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who is trained in using non-invasive techniques to treat patients of all ages. This may include manual adjustment, musculoskeletal ultrasound, rehabilitative ultrasound, exercise and PRP (platelet-rich plasma). Whether you have an injury, are managing a chronic condition such as heart disease or want to lose weight, a local physiotherapist can help you improve mobility and functionality. Your local physiotherapist may work with your local registered dietitian or nutritionist to help you create the right nutrition and treatment plan for you.
There are a number of causes of elbow pain, including ligament sprain, bursitis, bone injury or a nerve irritation local to the elbow or referred from the neck, upper back or shoulder. One of the most common causes of elbow pain is repetitive strain or overuse of the muscles of the forearm. Eventually, the muscle and tendon can become overloaded and result in pain or weakness with any hand movements.
A physiotherapist can perform an assessment to determine a customized treatment plan to help you reduce pain and regain your normal strength and function. Usually, your physiotherapist will start you off with exercises to improve your range of motion and strengthen your arm. If you’ve been hospitalized for elbow surgery, your physiotherapy treatment may begin in the hospital, and continue as you recover.
Types of Physiotherapy for Elbow Injuries
• Range of motion and strengthening exercises
• Manual therapy (hands-on manipulation)
• Ultrasound: This deep heating treatment is administered by your physical therapist using a wand that’s connected to an ultrasound machine pressed against your skin.
• Dry needling and/or acupuncture: Some patients find relief from a practitioner inserting short, thin needles into pressure points.
• TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): Your physiotherapist may use this technique to decrease pain around the injury.
• Taping: Your physiotherapist may tape the injured site to provide support and stability while you heal.
• Heat therapy: The physiotherapist may incorporate heat into your treatment to reduce pain, increase circulation and relax the muscles.
• Massage and other soft tissue techniques
Your physiotherapist can help you avoid activities and exercises that trigger pain and discomfort. Helping you regain functional use of your arm is the primary goal of your physiotherapist. The sooner you see out a physiotherapist for treatment after an injury or surgery, the better your outcome will be.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you'd like more information on physiotherapy for elbow injuries.
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