Most elbow injuries are due to overuse, chronic or repetitive strain secondary to sports or occupational stresses. In "tennis elbow" there is an overuse/overstrain of the muscles and ligaments that attach at the lateral part (outside) of the elbow. In "golfers elbow" the pain is in the muscles and ligaments on the medial part (inside) of the elbow.
Symptoms include; pain of the outer/inner side of the elbow and down the forearm, swelling, redness or feel warm to the touch; it may hurt to grip things, turn your hand, or swing your arm.
A thorough examination including orthopedic testing will help to determine your exact diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. Once a diagnosis has been reached, reducing the level of pain and inflammation around the elbow is of initial concern. Care consisting of ice, joint manipulation, physiotherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture may be used to accomplish this goal. Therapeutic exercises will also be given to rehabilitate the injured, weakened tissues and overly tight muscles.