Treating Elbow Pain

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by anna

The stabbing elbow pain that you got after knocking yourself against the door might be quite harmless and go away with an ice pack, but if it persists beyond a few days and intensifies so much that you are unable to lift and carry objects or even straighten your arm, seek medical help immediately. Elbow pain might result from a variety of causes and some cases might become serious if not treated immediately.

There are various ways of treating elbow pain. Physical therapy usually works and includes such routines like stretching and strengthening exercises, applying ice packs and heat pads, and manual therapy. The latter includes procedures like soft tissue mobilization that not only reduces the pain, but also relaxes the elbow by increasing muscle flexibility. Physical therapy to treat elbow pain should always be performed by skilled and trained therapists to increase chances of success and also to ensure that no adverse effects are induced from wrong administration, application, and/or advice.

Elbow pain can also be treated by acupuncture, the centuries-old natural method of inserting fine needles at certain specific points in the body. It is believed that this controls the flow of energy through the body and triggers the body’s natural healing process. Acupuncture alone is regarded as a powerful natural pain management procedure, and in conjunction with electrical stimulation or cold laser therapy, it can reduce elbow pain, swelling in the region, and also facilitate healthy blood flow to aid in the natural healing process.

In addition to the above-mentioned treatment procedures, medications are also sometimes prescribed. Of these, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory painkillers, also known as NSAIDS, are the most common and are often prescribed to patients with a history of arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Cortisone shots are helpful in reducing swelling in the pain-afflicted region.

The treatment procedures and medications for elbow pain should be begun only after consulting a registered medical practitioner. We, at the Global Pain & Spine Clinic have successfully treated patients with such complications; call 847-299-7000 for an appointment.


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