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Elbow Pain is More Common Than You Think

Posted by Renew Physical Therapy Portland on Friday, February 1, 2019

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When it comes to injuries, back pain and knee pain usually top the list. Elbow pain, however, is a common injury as well. In fact, unlike other joints, we ask much more of the elbow than we realize.

The anatomy we use the most is our hands and almost every time we use our hands it requires the help of the elbow. We also put a great deal of weight on the elbow, just lifting yourself out of bed requires the elbows to support the upper body while twisting and bending at the same time. As a major joint in one of the most active regions of the human body, the elbow can be easily put under stress, resulting in injury or pain.


Elbows are prone to injury in sports for many of the same reasons. Some sports put elbows more at risk. According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine (January 2016), half of high school and college baseball players suffer from elbow related injuries and receive some physical therapy for elbow pain. Although the numbers are lower for younger baseball players, 20% (or 1 in 5 youth baseball players ages 8-12) have an incident of elbow related injury.

Elbow pain commonly occurs from an injury related to throwing or a fall, repetitive overuse from a manufacturing job, or sports activity. Sudden onset can even come from sleeping awkwardly.


Renew Physical Therapy is located in Portland, Oregon, and we can help. Some of the related conditions to elbow pain include: Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow); Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow); Osteoarthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis; Olecranon bursitis; Cubital tunnel syndrome; Pronator teres syndrome; Radial tunnel syndrome; Cervical radiculopathy.

You can visit our full page on Physical Therapy for Elbow Pain for more details. Or give our Southeast Division office in Portland a call at 503.928.4914 to schedule an appointment.

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Categories: Elbow Pain, Mobility, Overuse Injury, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Clinic, Subluxation, Tennis Elbow