Elbow Pain Sydney City CBD

Patients commonly experience elbow pain in either the lateral (outer), medial (inner) or posterior (back) aspects of the elbow. These injuries are commonly the result of repetitive activity or overuse, gradually occurring and build in intensity with prolonged activity and time. We commonly see these types of elbow pains in desk bound staff, golfers, tennis players (all racquet sports for that matter), and frequent gym goers. Other types of elbow injuries may (and do) occur as the result of acute trauma such as a fall directly onto the elbow or an outstretched hand. Ligament damage, although less common than in the knee and ankle, can also exist in the elbow and we see this type of injury in baseball pitchers.

Signs and Symptoms

Elbow pain can often be described as:

  • A deep and dull ache to the inside/outside or back of the elbow, possibly radiating down the forearm to the wrist
  • A sharp, burning sensation – sometimes associated with the presence of pins and needles
  • Hot and warm to touch
  • An occasional swelling around the elbow.

People with elbow pain often report difficulty with:

  • Bending or straightening the arm
  • Keying and mousing at work
  • Writing
  • Lifting or carrying the shopping
  • Gripping objects, or activities such as lifting a cup, pouring a kettle or turning the key to open the door
  • Holding a racquet or throwing a ball.

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Causes of Elbow Pain

There are many causes of elbow pain, with the below being some of the most common:

  • Tennis Elbow – Lateral Elbow Pain
  • Golfers Elbow – Medial elbow pain
    • A wear and tear (or ‘fraying’) of the common tendon origin points
  • Biceps and/or triceps tendinopathy, or partial tears
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Nerve entrapment – most commonly radial nerve
  • Subluxation or dislocation of the joint with damage to joint capsules, articular surfaces and ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of the elbow joint
  • Don’t forget – pain in the elbow can also be referred from the cervical spine – your neck!

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Treatment of Elbow pain at Monteith Physiotherapy

Elbow pain is quite a common presentation here at Monteith Physio. We are constantly telling people that if left untreated, it can persist for months and months. Physiotherapy is the first-line management strategy for elbow pain, whether it be pain referred from a higher source (neck), or pain derived from a musculoskeletal structure right at the sore point.

Being a Sydney city physiotherapy clinic, we at Monteith Physio have a special interest in the elbow, and through experience are experts in assessing and treating elbow pains.

We will thoroughly assess your elbow, wrist, shoulder, neck and all relevant neural structures to accurately identify all contributing factors/structures that may be contributing to your elbow pain. Following this, we will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, aggressively designed to help you achieve your goals in the shortest possible time frame.

treating a patient for elbow pain

Other Conditions

Whilst we excel in improving patient outcomes in the above mentioned ‘common conditions’, Physiotherapists at Monteith Physio also have a special interest in assessing and treating those ‘hard to find’ injuries. We have a saying around here: ‘make sure you see the injury before it sees you!’

Some of these ‘more obscure’ conditions include:

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), or ‘Jaw’ Dysfunction
  • Costovertebral, Sternocostal & Sternoclavicular Joint injuries
  • Rib, & Rib Cartilage sprains
  • Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Labral Tears of the hip & shoulder
  • Hernias
  • Overuse Injuries;
    • ITB Friction/Compression Syndrome
    • Anterior Knee Pain, or, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • Shin Splints
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Tendinopathies of;
      • Achilles tendon
      • Patella tendon
      • Gluteus Medius tendon
      • Hamstrings origin tendon
      • Biceps Femoris tendon
      • Adductor tendons
      • Long Head of Biceps tendon
      • Wrist Extensor & Flexor tendons
    • Bursitis, most commonly at the hip, knee & shoulder
    • Stress Fractures, more commonly in the lower limb
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Joint Capsule Adhesions & Synovitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot
  • Gout
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), & other Chronic pains.


If you are currently suffering with elbow pain and are looking for the best health practitioner to help you get back on track, don’t hesitate to call Kate on 9252 2433 to book an appointment today.

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