Greater Manchester


Forearm And Elbow Injuries Treatment

The elbow is a hinge joint between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm, allowing us to bend and straighten our arm. At the end of the humerus bone there are medial (inner) and lateral (outer) epicondyles where tendons of the forearm attach. The bony prominence at the back of the elbow is called the Olecranon. There are strong collateral ligaments either side of the joint to provide stability and strong muscles acting over the joint to generate force and to stabilise including the Biceps Brachii, Brachioradialis and Brachialis at the front and Triceps and Anconeus at the back.

The most common condition that we see at the elbow is tendinopathy, which is also known as tendonitis (inflamed tendon) or tendinosis (degenerative tendon). When the tendon that attaches to the medial epicondyle is affected this is known commonly as Golfer’s elbow and on the lateral epicondyle is Tennis elbow. The Biceps tendon is also commonly injured through over-use and reproduces pain at the attachment site on the radius bone just below the elbow.

Other less common conditions include Olecranon bursitis which is inflammation of the bursae following a direct blow or repeated compression. The ulnar nerve passes close to the surface at the elbow and can become irritated and inflamed around the area commonly known as the “funny bone”, this is referred to as Cubital Tunnel syndrome. Other less common injuries around the elbow include collateral ligament sprains, fracture, dislocation and arthritis. Just below the elbow joint is the radio-ulnar joint which is the articulation between the radius and ulna bones, although rarely injured it can be a potential problem following traumatic injury

For more details about some of the more common elbow injuries please click on the name of the condition below.

By far the most common condition that we see at the elbow is tendinopathy which is usually caused by repetitive strain or “over-use”. Daily activities such as typing, using a mouse, gripping and lifting can all potentially cause problems especially if performed with the wrist or elbow in an awkward posture. Our Physiotherapists are very experienced in diagnosing the source of elbow pain, providing effective treatment and identifying contributing factors such as, weakness, tension, awkward wrist/elbow posture when lifting or working and overloading due to training schedule.

If you are unsure which condition you have and whether physiotherapy can help you, or you would just like to speak to somebody about your condition then please get in touch here or call 0161 745 7551.