Physical Therapy for Elbow Pain
Elbow pain and injuries are very commonly seen in athletes, but are certainly not isolated to this patient population. Repetitive activities at work, sport, or during daily living such as typing, throwing or gardening can lead to tendon or nerve injuries creating pain in the elbow and forearm.
Common Causes of Elbow Pain
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Growth plate injuries (little league elbow)
- Nerve entrapments
- Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear
- Muscle strains
- Elbow dislocation
- Elbow fracture
Symptoms of Elbow Injuries
- Elbow and forearm pain
- Difficulty gripping
- Stiffness of the elbow
- Difficulty reaching, pushing, or pulling
How We Treat Elbow Pain
A physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation aimed at determining the underlying cause of your elbow pain and will create a customized program to address your needs. This examination may include screening the entire upper quarter including your shoulder and neck as often these can be contributing to your elbow pain. Services for elbow pain may include:
- Manual therapy
- Modalities (heat, ice, ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation)
- Strengthening exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Dry Needling
*Services are not available at all locations. Call or click the location page near you for that center’s services.
What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.