Elbow injuries are bound to happen. In fact, if you’ve ever hit your funny bone, then you’ve experienced an elbow injury. Considered one of the most complex joints in the body, the elbow consists of bone, ligaments, cartilage and fluid. When any of the aforementioned components become hurt or injured – including the muscles and tendons that help the elbow move – then treatment and recovery will be necessary to heal the elbow properly. At JAG Physical Therapy, we treat elbow injuries using expert physical therapy techniques, with the main goal of helping patients regain full strength and mobility in their elbow.

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Types of Elbow Injuries: Acute and Overuse

Acute elbow injuries occur suddenly, and can be the direct result of a blow to the elbow, penetration, falling, twisting, jamming or bending. The pain inflicted by an acute elbow injury is usually severe, followed by bruising and swelling soon after the injury occurs. Overuse elbow injuries, on the other hand, are brought on by too much stress placed on the elbow, or the tissue that surrounds it. An overuse injury occurs after a repetitive action, or overdoing an activity. The most common elbow injuries include, but are not limited to:

Symptoms of an Elbow Injury

When you experience an elbow injury of any kind, take note of your symptoms – you’ll need to provide the physical therapist with any that you are having. This is so that they can give you the proper treatment. Telltale symptoms of an elbow injury include:

  • Elbow deformity
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage, defined by numbness, pale skin or joint weakness
  • Severe pain
  • Severe swelling
  • Infection, defined by increased pain, redness, warmth and fever
  • Inability to straighten or put weight on the elbow
  • General unstableness in the elbow

Physical Therapy Exercises for Elbow Injuries

Physical therapy is a critical component of rehabilitation on every patient’s journey to a fully recovered elbow. The physical therapy exercises we have our clients perform gently stretch and strengthen the elbow, and are designed to restore movement and strength while promoting blood flow for proper healing.

Schedule an Appointment for Beneficial Elbow Injury Rehabilitation

No patient should have to live with the pain and discomfort that an elbow injury causes. If you have recently experienced an elbow injury, and are in need of a physical therapist to begin your recovery process, please do not hesitate to reach out to JAG Physical Therapy. We serve both New Jersey and New York clients, and can be contacted for an appointment via a simple online form. You can also call us at 973-669-0078.

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