The elbow is a complex joint that exists between the lower end of the arm bone and the start of the forearm bones. It has a generous amount of movement allowing you to bend and straighten the arm, as well having a network of nerves and blood vessels that surround the joint. One nerve in particular known as the ulnar nerve sits very close to the joint, and can be felt when the elbow is knocked awkwardly causing you to feel a ‘funny sensation’, this is where the term funny bone comes from. There are a number of muscles that cross through the elbow joint providing it with more stability and strength to do daily activities however, when these muscles have been overused by repetitive movements, it can cause them to become tired, weak, and painful, stopping you from doing the things you enjoy.
TAKE BACK CONTROL!
There are many methods that can be used to immediately reduce the pain, here are a few to get you started.
First tip – Self massage!
Massage is great to increase blood flow to the areas of the body. When a muscle is fatigued this can normally indicate that the flow of blood to that muscle is insufficient to keep up with your demands. Self-massage can be beneficial as it can stimulate blood flow which carries a lot of nutrients to the muscles and nerves allowing the muscle to have a faster recovery time whilst reducing pain.
Second tip – Speak to a physiotherapist.
Speak to a senior physiotherapist about your worries and concerns regarding your elbow. Physiotherapists are great at understanding your pain, and are able to provide you with a structured plan to get you back to your desired outcome.
Third tip – say I want to feel ‘Resilient, Revitalised and Relieved’
It is known that having positive thoughts can reduce stress and can improve your overall health. At R3 Physiotherapy we make that our priority!
Knowledge is paramount. At R3 physiotherapy we are always keep up to date with the latest research ensuring that we are able to find solutions to your problems leaving you feeling
Resilient, Revitalised, and Relieved.