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Arm & Elbow

Arm pain, tingling, pins and needles, weakness and/or numbness can often occur as a result of injury to the neck due to irritation or compression of the nerves exiting the spine. There are also many possible local causes for arm and elbow pain, such as tennis elbow or olecranon bursitis.

Please read below for some common conditions that can cause Arm and Elbow pain, as well as exercise ideas. It is essential that these conditions are properly assessed and diagnosed by your Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Doctor so that you can ensure no further damage occurs.

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    Common Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    We often find that this is over diagnosed and that often the arm and hand pain (and weakness) is actually being caused by a tendinopathy that is fully treatable with physiotherapy. However, true carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by irritation of the median nerve that runs though the wrist joint...

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  • Neck Pain/Tightness

    Mild neck pain and/or tightness that comes on slowly is commonly due to the upper back rounding forwards and the chin pointing forwards and upwards, which increases muscle and nerve tension and may cause pins and needles or pain in the arms and hands. Sometimes, breathing becomes restricted due to...

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  • Clicking Neck

    Clicking or crunching in the neck can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and...

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  • Golfer’s Elbow

    This is very similar to tennis elbow except that it affects the other side of the elbow. The pathology and treatment are very similar, just directed at these tendons rather than the ones involved in tennis.

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  • Cervical disc injury

    Cervical disc problems include degeneration, disc bulges or disc prolapses.If the discs in the neck become damaged they can bulge out and irritate or pinch the nerves coming out of the neck or the spinal cord itself. This clearly has serious implications, however can often be treated successfully with physiotherapy...

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  • Tip of Elbow Pain (olecranon bursitis)

    This is often caused by a blow to this part of the elbow or repetitively leaning on it or rubbing it. Fractures need to be ruled out by x-ray or scans and infection may also need to be ruled out. The tip of the elbow will appear hot and swollen....

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  • Thoracic spine exercises

    Please ask your Physiotherapist or Osteopath to show you how!

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  • Release latissimus dorsi (lats)

    Please click here to read how the shoulder works before reading the following. The lats are often tight and over active relative to the smaller shoulder muscles like the rotator cuff muscles.    

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  • Seated thoracic rotations

       

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  • Stretching

      A note on static stretching v dynamic stretching I bet you can't remember the last time you saw elite athletes doing a static stretches pitch-, track- or court side pre-performance. That is because research now shows that static stretching is not advisable before exercise. This is because it slows...

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  • Correct your neck posture

    Please read how the neck works before reading the following. The effect of gravity on the head is that it moves down and forwards, away from the body. As a result of the head being lowered it then has to be rotated upwards in order to look straight forwards not...

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  • Train shoulder posture

    Please click here to read how the shoulder works before reading the following. It is essential to reposition the shoulder joint correctly, which you must do under the guidance of a physiotherapist to make sure you dont do more damage. The most common incorrect position is the shoulderblade being held...

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