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, physiotherapy 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 physiotherapy 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 therapist. During this assessment, the therapist will use physical tests such as range of motion measurements, strength tests, and manual therapy 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 therapist 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, your therapist may also suggest stretching exercises that can help increase flexibility of tight muscles in order to reduce stress on injured tissues.
Manual Therapy Techniques
In addition to exercise-based treatments, manual therapy 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 therapies 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 therapy techniques should always be performed by a trained professional who understands how they affect each individual case.
With proper physiotherapy 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 one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!