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Joints or Mobility

Elbow Pain Therapy

Learn how receiving your Colorado Springs elbow pain therapy treatment at Revolution Rehabilitation, PC, helps reduce pain and regain mobility and strength:

About the Elbow

A man holding his elbow which is painfulThe elbow is a joint that connects the humerus bone to the radius and ulnar bones. The Humerus bone is found in the upper part of the arm, while the radius and ulnar bones are found in the lower part of the arm. The elbow is considered a hinge joint that allows the arm to bend and rotate with help from the biceps. The elbow is surrounded by ligaments that help with joint stability.

Elbow Problems

  • Bursitis: often caused by elbow trauma, arthritis, bacterial infections of the skin, pressure on the elbow and gout.
  • Arthritis: conditions that can affect the elbow include infectious arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Fractures: depending on the fall of an individual, fractures and dislocations may be possible. Fractures and dislocations may be caused by falling directly on the elbow or by falling on a hand that is stretched outward.
  • Injury: elbow strain that eventually causes inflammation.

What is Medial Epicondylitis?

Often referred to as golfer’s elbow, suitcase elbow, baseball elbow and/or forehand tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis is medial pain that radiates from the elbow to the wrist. This pain is brought on by damaged tendons responsible for bending the wrist towards the palm. Tendons are strong tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. When these are damaged, pain is felt and movement is limited.

Medial Epicondylitis Causes

This condition is often caused by movements that mimic golfing, hence the name “golfer’s elbow.” These movements that use force to bend the wrist toward the palm can cause medial epicondylitis if the movements are excessive.

Other causes of medial epicondylitis:

  • Chain saw usage
  • Javelin throwing
  • Weak wrist and shoulder muscles
  • Wood chopping with an ax
  • Using hand tools regularly
  • Carry heavy suitcases regularly
  • Forceful tennis serves
  • Using tennis rackets that are too heavy or short

Medial Epicondylitis Symptoms

It’s important to remember everyone may experience different medial epicondylitis symptoms. However, these are the most common medial epicondylitis symptoms:

One of the most common medial epicondylitis symptoms is pain felt along the forearm. This pain is on the palm side and can extend from the wrist to the elbow. This pain is also felt on the same side as the pinky finger and is mainly felt when squeezing a ball or when the wrist is bending toward the palm.

Since medial epicondylitis symptoms can be similar to other health conditions, it’s important for each person experiencing elbow pain to see his or her doctor.

Medial Epicondylitis Treatment

Treating a patient for medial epicondylitis will be based on the patient’s:

  • Age
  • Condition severity
  • Condition outlook
  • Overall health and medical history
  • Opinion
  • Tolerance to certain treatments

It is important for patients to stop activity that causes the symptoms to flare. Treatment options may include:

  • Wearing a brace
  • Physical therapy
  • Icing the area to reduce inflammation
  • Surgery
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Strength exercises

What is Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)?

Also known as tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis is the pain felt on the lateral or outside of an elbow. This pain is the result of damaged tendons that allow the wrist to bend away from the hand’s palm. Tendons are the strong tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. The main tendon associated with lateral epicondylitis is the extensor carpi radialis brevis, often referred to as ECRB. Lateral epicondylitis is found in both women and men and is usually found in those aged 30 to 50 years old.

Tennis Elbow Causes

Since lateral epicondylitis is also known as tennis elbow, it shows the relation between those who use great force to hit the ball with a tennis racket. This motion may allow the forearm muscles to become sore and strained. Those who practice their backhand tennis stroke increase their chances damaging the tendons that roll over the elbow during each swing.

Other causes of tennis elbow may include:

  • Weak wrist and shoulder muscles
  • Chain saw usage
  • Carpentry
  • Roller or brush painting
  • Using hand tools excessively
  • Improper backhand tennis strokes
  • Hitting heavy tennis balls
  • Hitting the tennis ball off the center of the racket
  • Performing dentistry or musical instruments
  • Using meat cutters
  • Using tennis rackets that are too short or tight

Tennis Elbow Symptoms

Tennis elbow symptoms may vary from person to person. Anyone experiencing the symptoms above should see their physician.

The main tennis elbow symptom felt by patients is pain along the elbow and forearm. The pain is usually persistent and is the strongest when one raises his or her hand against resistance.

Since tennis elbow symptoms can mimic other medical problems or conditions, it’s important for each person to see their doctor.

Treating Tennis Elbow

The treatment for tennis elbow will depend on a patient’s:

  • Age
  • Condition outlook
  • Condition severity
  • Tolerance to certain treatments
  • Preference
  • Medical history and overall health

Treatment for tennis elbow may include:

  • Wearing a brace
  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening the area
  • Applying an ice pack to reduce inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Taking an anti-inflammatory medication
  • Surgery for severe cases

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Similar to the pain felt when one’s just hit his or her funny bone, cubital tunnel syndrome is when the ulnar nerve (the one that crosses the elbow) becomes injured or irritated.

Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused when the ulnar nerve, which runs through the cubital tunnel of bone, muscle and ligaments (often referred to as the funny bone) is injured or irritated. Other causes of cubital tunnel syndrome may include excessive leaning on the elbow, injuries to the elbow, pulling, reaching or lifting.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms may vary from person to person. Anyone experiencing elbow pain should seek medical attention from their physician.

Common cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

  • Pain in the hand
  • Hand numbness or numbness in the ring or pinky finger
  • Muscle weakness leading to hand and thumb clumsiness

Since the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome may mimic other medical conditions, it’s important for any concerned individual to see a physician.

Treating Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment for a patient’s cubital tunnel syndrome based on his or her:

  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Overall health
  • Preference
  • Condition outlook
  • Condition severity
  • Treatment tolerance

Physicians find that the best treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome is for their patients to avoid any activity that inflicts pain. Other treatment options may include:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing elbow pads for protection
  • Wearing a split or elbow pad at night
  • Surgery in severe cases

Knee Pain Therapy

Learn how receiving your Colorado Springs knee pain therapy at Revolution Rehabilitation, PC, will help get you back ‘hopping’ around and doing the things you love to do:

What Causes Knee Pain?

A woman hold her painful kneeThe knee is a joint that is very susceptible to injury. Since the knee takes part in daily activities such as running, lifting, kneeling and more, it isn’t unusual for some people to result in knee injuries due to stress.

The knee is comprised of:

Femur: the upper leg/thigh bone.

Tibia: the larger of the two lower leg bones.

Patella: the kneecap.

Fortunately, each bone is covered by cartilage, which leaves the knee protected. This cartilage helps absorb shock to the knees, and holds together the ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Like cartilage, the knee is also surrounded by muscle. There are two types of muscle that surround the knee – the hamstrings, which are found on the back of the thighs and the quadriceps, which are found on the front of the thighs. The primary function of the hamstring muscle is to allow the leg to bend at the knee. As for the quadriceps muscle, it allows the leg to straighten.

For the bones and muscles to connect, they must be connected by tissues called tendons. For one bone to connect to the other bone, they must be connected by ligaments. Though some ligaments have a primary function of protecting the joints and providing stability, other ligaments restrain certain backward and forward movements of the tibia.

Knee Problems

Many people have certain knee problems and conditions that are usually the result of wear and tear on the joints and are caused by the natural aging process. Others who experience knee pain or discomfort may have one of the following conditions:

  • Torn cartilage
  • Trauma to the menisci (the connective tissue that maintains stability and absorbs shock)
  • Strain or sprain of the muscles and/or ligaments
  • Strain or sprain caused by a sharp twist of the knee or a hit to the knee
  • Tendon inflammation due to excessive jumping, running or cycling.
  • Cartilage tear (requires treatment by wearing a brace)
  • Tendonitis
  • Jumper’s knee (tendonitis of the patella tendon)
  • Arthritis

Two forms of arthritis that are common in knee problems are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. With rheumatoid arthritis, the joints become inflamed and the cartilage that surrounds the joints starts to become destroyed. This type of arthritis tends to affect a younger group of people and comes before osteoarthritis. As for osteoarthritis, this is more common of the two. This arthritis tends to be found more in overweight people and/or is the result of the excessive stress placed on a certain joint. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage surrounding a joint will slowly wear away.

Treating Knee Problems

Treatment for a knee problem will be based upon:

  • Preference
  • Tolerance to therapy, medication and procedures
  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Overall health
  • Condition, injury or disease outlook
  • Severity of the condition, injury or disease

For some cases, physicians or an orthopedist may recommend a total joint replacement if the knee can’t experience relief and/ or if the x-rays show destruction.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Learn how receiving your Colorado Springs trigger point dry needling care at Revolution Rehabilitation, PC, will help ease pain and discomfort and get you back spending time enjoying what you love most.

What Is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

dry-needlingLike acupuncture, trigger point dry needling is a great way to get your muscles to release trigger points.

Since a lot of the trigger points, or what are also referred to as “knots” tend to be very painful and/or tender, trigger point dry needling is used to reduce the pain that lies in the muscle. With this technique, experts have shown that it can help reduce pain and tenderness, and it can also increase the muscle range when in motion. This is a great way to relieve pain and stress in the muscles because it’s done in a very professional and safe manner.

At our location, there is a licensed therapist who can answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. He or she will also walk you through all the steps of trigger point dry needling so that you feel more comfortable about this procedure.

Dry needling questions:

Is this procedure painful?

Some patients will say that their knots were more painful than this procedure. Other patients will say there was no pain at all. If a patient does experience pain, it is very minimal.

Will it work for me?

To make sure you’re seeing great results, our therapist will consult with you after each session to make sure you’re seeing effective results. These results are also immediate and will help relieve the pain felt in your muscles. After each session, you will feel much better and have less pain.

How frequently should I go to get this done?

Each session lasts for about a half an hour so it’s recommended that patients come about one or two times each week for a total of three weeks. Our therapist will go over a time frame that works and fits best for your individual case.

Is this procedure covered by insurance companies?

To make sure you’re covered, we will see what your benefits are and go over different payment options. As for insurance coverage, it is covered as a physical therapy benefit.

Schedule a Free Consultation

At Revolution Rehabilitation, PC, your first consultation for your Colorado Springs trigger point dry needling care is always free. Give us a call at 719-635-8622 to schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.