Three reasons why your elbow hurts when you extend it

Why Does My Elbow Hurt When I Extend It

Do you really think about how many times you extend your elbow every day? The odds are good that you probably don’t think too much about it. At least, until your elbow starts to hurt. 

The elbow is a complex joint, and this complexity combines with the fact that people use their elbows every day to create a long list of issues that can trigger elbow pain. Fortunately, working with a physical therapist can help reveal the specific reason why your elbow hurts when you extend it. These medical professionals can help you find effective treatment for your elbow pain, too. 

These three issues could be the reason why your elbow hurts when you extend it

The elbow joint is just one part of the human musculoskeletal system, and it’s this system that physical therapists are specifically trained to treat. Their extensive knowledge of this system also allows physical therapists to identify musculoskeletal disorders that can cause elbow pain. 

A few of the reasons you might have pain when extending your elbow are that you have: 

  • An injured elbow tendonTendons attach muscles to the bones in your elbow. The lateral epicondyle tendon, medial epicondyle tendon and distal biceps tendon are three commonly injured elbow tendons. The injuries to these tendons are called, respectively,:
  1. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis
  2. Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis
  3. Distal biceps tendinitis 
  • Olecranon bursitisBursae are fluid-filled sacs that are found throughout the body. Their function is to reduce friction between soft tissue and bones. The olecranon bursa is found at the point of your elbow. Olecranon bursitis occurs when this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed. This condition often causes pain with elbow movement and swelling. 
  • Elbow osteoarthritis — The cartilage in our joints tends to wear out as we age. When this happens in your elbow, it’s known as elbow osteoarthritis. Common symptoms of this joint problem include: 
  1. Pain when moving your elbow.
  2. Grating sensations or sounds. 
  3. Decreased elbow mobility. 

What physical therapists can do for your elbow pain

Figuring out why your elbow hurts when you extend it is just one way physical therapists can help you. They can also bring multiple therapy methods to bear on your painful elbow. Some of the techniques your physical therapist may use to treat your elbow pain include: 

Holland PT can help if your elbow hurts when you extend it

Finding help if your elbow hurts when you extend it can be easier than you might think. Our Holland Physical Therapy team is ready and willing to help you treat your elbow pain. We offer free screenings that can pinpoint the root cause of your pain. Additionally, our physical therapists excel at creating individualized therapy plans designed to: 

  • Reduce pain.
  • Improve joint mobility.
  • Increase your ability to do normal daily activities. 
  • Decrease your risk of future elbow problems. 

We can even help you treat your elbow pain from home thanks to the virtual therapy service we offer. 

Contact our team today for more information about our elbow pain treatment options or to schedule an initial appointment.