Elbow Pain

By: Jon Stiffler, PTA, Sport Center Manager

If you are having elbow pain there could be several different reasons or symptoms that point to what your injury is. There are many factors that determine the source of your elbow pain such as age, physical activity, and severity of pain. For younger athletes, Little League Elbow is a common occurrence among pitchers in baseball. However, more physically developed athletes have the possibility of Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow. 

A less common condition is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) involves compression of the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel of the elbow which is located on the inside of the elbow. This area is often referred to as the "funny bone." The common fix to this is a surgery called Cubital Tunnel Release.  There are a few other possibilities that could lead to your elbow pain:

Elbow Pain Causes

  • Tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Sprain or Strain
  • Bursitis
  • Subluxation or Dislocated
  • Osteoarthritis
  • OCD or Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • RA or Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Nerve Entrapment

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It is important to determine the source and severity of your elbow pain so that it does not create further complications with other areas of your body.  Ignoring an elbow injury for too long could lead to other muscles trying to compensate for the limited mobility, leading to shoulder pains or down to your wrists and thumb joints.  

When Should I See An Orthopedic Doctor for My Elbow Pain? 

If you are experiencing any of the following 5 symptoms, you should have an orthopedic consultation: 

  1. Clicking or popping in the elbow joint
  2. Persistent elbow pain that intensifies with use
  3. Elbow Pain that keeps you from sleeping at night 
  4. Stiffness and/or the inability to straighten or bend your elbow 
  5. Numbness, tingling or burning sensation 

JOI Rehab Treats Elbow Pain With Physical Therapy

JOI Rehab offers physical therapy for elbow pain. There are different treatments for the various sources of elbow pain. Ergonomic education is important in treating elbow pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people grip objects. The JOI Sport Center can also help with assessment of the biomechanics related to baseball and softball throwing mechanics. JOI Rehab utilizes the Dartfish Program. JOI Rehab also employs the largest number of Certified Hand Therapists in the region to help treat the hand, wrist and elbow joints.  

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045



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