Elbow pain usually comes in the form of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) or golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis). But if you’re reading this, you’re probably not having success with typical treatments such as painful massage to the forearm muscles.
It’s time to understand why this deceptively simple looking joint is throwing you for a loop!
First of all, just like everywhere else in the body, the elbow doesn’t work in isolation. It has a lot to do with shoulder girdle problems (see Shoulder Pain page). Assuming you’ve addressed those bigger issues, what most people are missing with stubborn elbow pain is addressing the deeper muscles.
Those painful forearm muscles you’ve been patiently (with gritted teeth) allowing people to pulverize are simply where you’re feeling the pain. The culprits lie underneath the superficial players.
Check out the image to the right and you’ll see what I’m referring to. The deep pronators and supinators are often two of the key groups contributing to your pain. Look at where they’re located, and you’ll see how they could create tennis elbow or golfers elbow pain.
They’re essentially stuck in a certain pattern created by how you’re using your shoulder and arm. Solve those bigger issues while re-educating these deep little fellows solves stubborn tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
We understand how the body works as a system here at Body in Balance Physical Therapy. In addition to manual therapy techniques, therapeutic dry needling, deep tissue laser and other types of treatments, we target how you’re using your body—fixing your habits. This is a powerful approach to fixing pain.
Regardless of whether you have elbow pain from:
We can help.
To learn more about how and why shoulder pain typically happens, please watch this short video.
At Body in Balance Physical Therapy, we evaluate your entire system affecting your shoulder pain, bursitis, rotator cuff pain, biceps tendonitis, post-operative pain, or acromio-clavicular pain from your rib cage to your head.
We will likely have a new answer for you—one that is more complete. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Every new shoulder pain patient receives a free copy of my book, Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain.
Or check out my new ebook to see our take on getting rid of stubborn pain.