Elbow and Forearm

The Elbow and Forearm

Harpenden Physiotherapy provide elbow physiotherapy, to help the complex hinge joint, which is formed between the distal end of the humerus in the upper arm and the proximal ends of the ulna and radius in the forearm. The elbow allows for the flexion and extension of the forearm relative to the upper arm, as well as rotation of the forearm and wrist. Good elbow movement is essential for everyday activities, thus elbow physiotherapy is essential for those experiencing problems. Like all other synovial joints, a thin layer of smooth articular cartilage covers the ends of the bones that form the elbow joint. The joint capsule of the elbow surrounds the joint to provide strength and lubrication to the elbow. An extensive network of ligaments surrounding the joint capsule helps the elbow joint maintain its stability and resist mechanical stresses. Because so many muscles originate or insert in that area, it is a common site for injury, but one that can benefit greatly from elbow physiotherapy.

tennis elbow diagram: elbow physiotherapy

Common Problems with the Elbow and Forearm

  • Golfers and tennis elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)
  • Fractures: humerus, radius, ulna, olecranon
  • Post operatively:
    • Elbow resurfacing
    • Ligament reconstructions

Call Harpenden Physiotherapy Today

Give us a call on 01582 761448 or get in touch if you’d like to find out more about how our elbow physiotherapy can help you with any forearm pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

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