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Treatment Plans

for common elbow conditions

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We have treatment advice for the conditions shown below. Each section displays the commonly affected area and the Signs & Symptoms for that condition.

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Elbow Osteoarthritis

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Gradual onset of stiffness
  • Pain worse with movement
  • Morning stiffness less than 30 minutes
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Crepitus
  • More common in elderly population
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Tennis/ Golfer's Elbow

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain on inside of elbow with bending wrist
  • Pain on outside of elbow with extending wrist.
  • Painful elbow with gripping/repetitive use of hand
  • Usually middle-aged
  • Focal tenderness on pressing around inside and outside of elbow.

Nerve irritation at elbow

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain along forearm and into little finger.
  • Wasting of the small muscles of the hand
  • Numbness along forearm and into little finger.
  • Loss of dexterity and decreased grip and pinch strength
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Bursitis​

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Swelling over the back of elbow joint.
  • Decreased elbow range of movement.
  • May be tender to press.
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Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Painful joint
  • Hot/swollen joint
  • May be bilateral
  • Associated symmetrical small joint symptoms
  • Family history of inflammatory joint disease

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