Elbow Problem

The elbow is a synovial hinge joint with the articulation between the humerus of the upper arm and radius/ulna of the forearm. The joint allows flexion and extension but also rotation of the wrist allowing the individual to place the palm of their hand facing up or down.

Elbow problems commonly arise from either the elbow joint itself the tendons or bursas. There are many muscles associated with the elbow some that directly control the position of the joint and others that permit functional use of the wrist. One of the most common causes of elbow pain is a repetitive strain injury to the common extensor tendon of the elbow (lateral epicondylitis) whereby the tendon that pulls the wrists backwards (extension) become irritated at its attachment into the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. A similar problem can occur but is far less common on the medial side of the elbow where the common flexor tendon inserts into the humerus.

Rest and avoidance in the acute setting are key aspects to best management along with a progressive loading rehabilitation programme to increase the tensile capabilities of the tendon. In persistent case injections can be administered.

Please progress through these exercises at your own individual pace, paying a particular interest to technique. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner if symptoms do not begin to improve.