For Medial Epicondylitis, aka golfer’s elbow, the first couple sessions of physical therapy will focus on gentle range of motion exercises and giving the tendons in the elbow a chance to heal. Your therapist will also talk to you about activity modification to hopefully eliminate or at least lessen the effects of repetitive motion causing your pain. Eventually, your therapy will progress to strengthening the muscles in the elbow, forearm, and wrist to help prevent re-injury. A typical therapy session would follow this format:
- Moist Hot Pack: helps loosen and relax musculature in anticipation of exercise; heat also increases blood flow to increase healing
- Forearm Musculature Stretches: improves or maintains range of motion
- Forearm Musculature Strengthening: important for re-injury prevention; later in your therapy the PT will start to focus on eccentric strengthening (controlling a force while lengthening a muscle)
- Manual Therapy: your therapist will focus on passive range of motion and manual stretching as well as soft tissue mobilization and cross friction massage to help increase blood flow and decrease the chance of scar tissue formation.
- Ice Pack and E-stim: to help decrease inflammation and control pain.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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