Physical Therapy for Overuse Injuries of the Elbow at POSMC

Overuse injuries of the elbow are a common affliction among athletes and individuals who perform repetitive tasks. These injuries can be debilitating, affecting performance and quality of life. Fortunately, specialized physical therapy can offer significant relief and improve overall function. At Plano Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center (POSMC), we provide top-notch physical therapy for overuse injuries of the elbow, helping patients return to their peak performance.

Description of Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

What Are Overuse Injuries?

Overuse injuries occur when repetitive motion or excessive stress is applied to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the elbow joint. Unlike acute injuries, which result from a single traumatic event, overuse injuries develop gradually over time.

Common Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

  1. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): This condition affects the outer part of the elbow and is common among tennis players and individuals who engage in activities requiring repetitive wrist extension.
  2. Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Affecting the inner part of the elbow, this injury is prevalent among golfers and those involved in activities that require repetitive wrist flexion.
  3. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa (a small fluid-filled sac) in the elbow, often caused by repetitive motions or prolonged pressure on the elbow.
  4. Elbow Tendinitis: Inflammation or irritation of the tendons around the elbow joint, often resulting from repetitive stress or overuse.

Symptoms of Overuse Injuries

  • Pain and tenderness around the elbow joint
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness in the affected arm
  • Numbness or tingling in severe cases

Physical Therapy for Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

Initial Assessment

At POSMC, the journey to recovery begins with a comprehensive assessment by our experienced physical therapists. This evaluation includes:

  • Medical History Review: Understanding the patient’s history of injury and overall health.
  • Physical Examination: Assessing the range of motion, strength, and flexibility of the elbow joint.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Utilizing imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans if necessary to determine the extent of the injury.

Customized Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment, our physical therapists design a personalized treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Key components of the treatment plan include:

Pain Management

  • Modalities: Use of heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and improve joint mobility.

Therapeutic Exercises

  • Strengthening Exercises: Focused on building the muscles around the elbow to support the joint and prevent further injury.
  • Stretching: Improving flexibility to enhance movement and reduce stiffness.
  • Range of Motion Exercises: Restoring normal motion in the elbow joint.

Activity Modification

  • Ergonomic Advice: Guidance on modifying activities and techniques to prevent recurrent strain on the elbow.
  • Sport-Specific Training: Tailored exercises and advice for athletes to ensure safe return to sports.

Patient Education

  • Home Exercise Programs: Customized exercises to be performed at home to complement in-clinic therapy.
  • Injury Prevention Strategies: Educating patients on how to avoid future overuse injuries through proper techniques and body mechanics.

Why Choose POSMC for Physical Therapy?

Expertise and Experience

POSMC boasts a team of highly skilled and experienced physical therapists who specialize in treating overuse injuries of the elbow. Our therapists stay updated with the latest advancements in physical therapy techniques and protocols.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our facility is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to provide the highest standard of care. From advanced diagnostic tools to cutting-edge therapeutic devices, we ensure our patients receive the best possible treatment.

Holistic Approach

At POSMC, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the injury. Our holistic approach involves addressing all aspects of health and wellness, ensuring comprehensive recovery and long-term results.

Patient-Centered Care

We prioritize our patients’ needs and goals, delivering personalized care that aligns with their unique circumstances. Our compassionate and supportive environment fosters a positive healing experience.

Convenient Location

Located in the heart of Plano, POSMC is easily accessible for residents of the surrounding areas. We offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate our patients’ busy lives.


Overuse injuries of the elbow can significantly impact an athlete’s performance and daily activities. Effective physical therapy is crucial for managing these injuries and restoring function. At Plano Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center (POSMC), we provide specialized care that combines expertise, advanced technology, and a patient-centered approach. Don’t let an overuse injury hold you back—reach out to POSMC today and take the first step towards recovery.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at [email] or [phone number]. Let our expert team at POSMC help you return to your active lifestyle with confidence.

Allen Physical Therapy Center

Contact Us Directly: 972-359-1288

1223 McDermott Suite 50, Allen, TX 75013
Fax: 469-281-2458
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.