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This is most likely causing your elbow nerve pain

February 4th, 2021
Elbow Nerve Pain

Elbow nerve pain can make many of your normal daily movements more difficult. Bending your elbow to bring your coffee to your lips might cause you pain, and extending the affected elbow to grasp a doorknob could also trigger pain. 

There is one issue specifically that’s the most likely source of your elbow nerve pain, and this issue is called ulnar nerve entrapment or cubital tunnel syndrome. A physical therapist can help you learn more about this painful condition. In addition, your therapist can provide you with effective treatment for your elbow pain

What is ulnar nerve entrapment?

Pinching or irritation of the ulnar nerve is the most likely source of your elbow nerve pain. This nerve runs from the shoulder to your fingers, and it often becomes pinched or irritated as it passes through the elbow. There are many factors that could lead to irritation of the ulnar nerve in your elbow, including: 

  • Keeping your elbow bent for long periods of time. 
  • Leaning on your elbow for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces. 
  • Swelling in the elbow. 
  • Hitting your funny bone. 
  • Performing repetitive work-related elbow movements.

Ways physical therapy can treat your painful elbow

Physical therapists are trained to treat many musculoskeletal disorders, including cubital tunnel syndrome. A few of the techniques that your therapist could use to treat this condition are: 

  • Nerve gliding movements that can help decrease restriction of the ulnar nerve. 
  • Therapeutic exercises intended to stretch and strengthen the soft tissue around the elbow and decrease ulnar nerve irritation. 
  • Dry needling designed to increase flexibility in elbow soft tissue and reduce elbow pain.

Find help for your elbow pain at Rehab Access PT

You don’t have to continue suffering from elbow nerve pain. Our physical therapists at Rehab Access Physical Therapy are here to help you address your pain. Our specialists can comprehensively evaluate your elbow to pinpoint the root cause of your pain. Also, we’re adept at creating physical therapy plans that are customized to fit each patient’s specific needs. Even better, you can get treatment for your elbow from home thanks to our virtual therapy service. 

Contact our team today for more information about our treatment options for elbow pain or to schedule an initial appointment.