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Elbow Pain

Dr. Matthew Kuik PT, DPT CSCS
Owner and Founder of San Francisco Physical Therapy & Performance

Is Elbow Pain Making It Difficult to Lift Weights, Carry Groceries, Play Tennis/Golf/Pickleball, or Carry Out Your Normal Work or Home Duties?

Does this describe you?

We Are Here to Assist You in Finding Long-Term Solutions!

We Commonly Treat the Following Elbow Conditions:

  • Golfer’s Elbow (Mediolateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Biceps Tendon Tear
  • Ligament Instability
  • Elbow Fracture

The Most Common Causes

San Francisco Physical Therapy & Performance Therapy Approach

Treatments for the Elbow

Important Concepts to Understand

  1. Tissues mend. The body is meant to repair itself, but occasionally our system becomes stuck in the inflammatory phase of tissue repair and needs assistance to get to the recovery phase.
  2. The true cause of discomfort is frequently unrelated to X-ray and MRI imaging results. On imaging, tissue injury that causes no discomfort or functional limits is possible. It is also possible to have pain with no obvious findings on imaging, which is frequently caused by nerve tissue oversensitivity.
  3. Soreness after exercise is undesirable, but it is not necessarily a cause for concern. True strength gains necessitate a system overload, which causes micro-damage. When that tissue heals, it becomes thicker and stronger than before. Soreness should be utilized to determine whether the tissue is ready to take on an additional load, whether it should remain at the current level, or whether training intensity should be reduced until the tissue is more prepared.
  4. Through appropriate education, proper mechanics, and progressive tissue loading, it is nearly always possible to return to previous/desired activities.
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