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Elbow tendonopathy, or lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow is pain at the outside of the elbow and can involve the extensor muscles or those on the back of the upper forearm. Medial epicondylitis, or golfers elbow is pain in the inside aspect of the elbow. These are common conditions, which can be effectively treated with therapy.
Modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, laser, and electric stimulation are effective ways to help manage pain and are often part of the treatment program.
Addressing tissue shortening and inflammation with manual therapy and myofascial work to tissue is effective in providing lasting relief of pain and help restore strength. At The Institute for Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation , we incorporate patient education and complete an ergonomic assessment of activities at work and home as a necessary part of successful, long term rehabilitation.
There is one major link between the hand and shoulder—the elbow. The purpose of the elbow is to allow the hand and wrist to be positioned to perform a variety of functions. The use and positioning of the hand depends pretty much on how well the elbow works.
The elbow is made up of three joins and many ligaments, muscles and tendons.
The signs and symptoms of an elbow problem can expand down to the wrist and fingers and up to the shoulder and neck.
Most elbow problems are treatable, including:
"Linda and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are compassionate, caring, patient, supportive, professional and a delight to be around. Physical therapy is hard but I always looked forward to my sessions because we had fun and I knew I was receiving great care. I have a very complicated case and while seeing her after my third surgery I had to make the difficult decision to have a finger amputated.
She was instrumental in helping me make the right decision then recover emotionally and physically from the amputation. She is very knowledgeable and explained everything to me so I understood my injury, the healing process and how each exercise would help me.
Each patient gets one on one care every session and given a treatment plan tailored to them individually instead of just a standard set of exercises for a given injury. I highly recommend her for anyone needing hand or upper extremity physical therapy."
- Dina P