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The Benefits of Physiotherapy in Treating Golfer’s Elbow

physiotherapy for golfer's elbow

Golfer’s elbow is an injury caused by the overuse of muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers. It can be incredibly painful and debilitating, leading to a decrease in quality of life. Fortunately, physio has been shown to be an effective treatment for golfer’s elbow, providing relief from pain and helping to restore mobility. Let’s take a look at how a physiotherapist can help treat golfer’s elbow and reduce symptoms.

Identifying the Problem Areas

The first step in treating golfer’s elbow with physiotherapy is to have a thorough assessment by a trained physiotherapist. During this assessment, the therapist will use physical tests such as range of motion measurements, strength tests, and manual techniques to determine which structures are injured or weak. This information will help them create a customized treatment plan for your condition.

Exercises for Strengthening Muscles

Once the problem areas have been identified, your physiotherapist will begin creating an individualized exercise program tailored specifically to your needs. This may include strengthening exercises designed to target specific muscle groups that are weakened due to the injury. Strengthening these weak areas can help reduce pain and improve overall function of the affected joints. Additionally, physiotherapists may also suggest stretching exercises that can help increase flexibility of tight muscles in order to reduce stress on injured tissues.

Manual Techniques

In addition to exercise-based treatments, manual treatments such as soft tissue techniques, myofascial work or joint mobilization can be used by your physiotherapist to reduce pain and restore normal movement patterns in joints affected by golfer’s elbow. These treatments work by reducing muscular tension around the area where you experience discomfort, thereby allowing you better access to normal range of motion without causing further injury or irritation. Manual techniques should always be performed by a trained professional who understands how they affect each individual case.

With proper physio treatments such as exercise-based programs and manual therapy techniques, golfers suffering from golfer’s elbow can significantly reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life. If you think you may be suffering from golfer’s elbow, contact a licensed physiotherapist today for an evaluation so you can start on your journey towards recovery!

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin is an internationally trained physiotherapist and has been practicing in Canada since 2015. After graduating in 2009, Nitin started as a physiotherapist in a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team under the guidance of an eminent cardiac surgeon. His interest and passion in the field of sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation made him switch from acute care to a musculoskeletal rehabilitation setting. Nitin blends various hands-on physiotherapy techniques with therapeutic exercises to achieve his client’s goals. He is certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): Lumbar spine, Mulligan concepts and personalized blood flow restriction rehabilitation (PBFR). His clients vary from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He is a huge advocate of the ‘Looking beyond the pain’ model to provide clients with the best care possible. Exercises and activity modification are always important components of his treatment plans to empower clients to reach their health goals.

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