Do you have elbow pain when lifting and gripping?

Do You Have Elbow Pain When Lifting and Gripping?

Has elbow pain become a regular companion in your day? Do simple tasks like lifting your coffee mug to take a sip, carrying groceries inside or tightening a loose screw suddenly shoot a burning sensation through your elbow? If so, you may be experiencing one of two conditions, what’s known as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Elbow pain is a common injury, but it is also one that affects basically everything you do throughout the day. We don’t often think about how much we use our elbow until it begins to remind us how necessary it truly is. From turning a doorknob to lifting ourselves from a chair, the elbow plays a vital role in our daily functioning.

Elbow pain is often caused by overuse. Whether it is sports related or due to a repetitive task, the first step is to identify what caused the injury. It can be the result of working on an assembly line, playing tennis, sitting at your computer typing all day, stirring large batches of cookie batter or texting. Look to what you have done recently and seek out repetitive movements. Examine how you are using your arms throughout the day and adjust your routine or posture to prevent further aggravation.   

Sometimes all it takes is to identify the action and make adjustments. To get a head start on the healing, a heating pad can be applied to the elbow and forearm. This can also help reduce pain. Be careful not to burn the skin by always avoiding direct contact of the heat to the skin.  Additionally, braces can be worn that immobilize the wrist and force both the wrist and elbow to rest. There are also specific stretches that can help return mobility to your arm. At Holland Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can help guide you through helpful targeted exercises that can be continued in the comfort of your own home. 

For optimal treatment and to help identify the source of the pain, contact our team today. You will receive a complimentary screening and our specialists can help you put together a personalized treatment plan to encourage healing and prevent future injury.