While overuse injuries such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are the most common causes of elbow pain there are also a number of other conditions that can cause elbow pain. Such conditions can include osteoarthritis, nerve entrapment in either the neck or forearm, referred pain from the joints and muscles of the neck and shoulder, ligament sprains, bursitis and bone injuries. Given the many possible causes of elbow pain, an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper management or referral to another health professional if warranted.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s elbow pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods and bracing, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.