Answering Your Questions About Elbow Pain


The doctors at Manhattan Sports Therapy specialize in golf and tennis elbow injury and other elbow pain issues. They work with patients to evaluate pain triggers and discover exact elbow pain causes. Below are common questions they get from prospective clients interested in Elbow Pain Treatment.

What Is Tennis And Golf Elbow? 

Tennis and Golf Elbow are types of tendinosis caused by inflammation of the outer and inner elbow tendons, respectively. Problems come from the overuse of the surrounding soft tissues and muscles of the elbow. As the names imply, these conditions are common in tennis and golf players.


What Causes Elbow Pain? 

Most elbow pain is the result of overuse and repetitive motion in the elbow. Also known as Tennis or Golf Elbow, elbow pain common in athletes who put great on their arm and elbow joints. Hobbies or jobs with constant hand, wrist, and arm movements, like typing, knitting, or painting, also lead to elbow problems.


How Do You Relieve Elbow Pain? 

If you’re experiencing elbow discomfort or pain, try the following home treatments:

  • Rest from and avoid activities that cause your elbow pain. 
  • Apply ice to the affected area for 15 – 20 minutes a couple of times a day. 
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen to decrease pain and swelling. 
  • Wear an elbow strap or compression band to prevent further strain. 
  • Perform gentle stretches to prevent muscle stiffness and improve flexibility.


What Are The Symptoms Of Elbow Pain? 

Elbow pain often affects the dominant arm and radiates to the upper or lower arm, and even the shoulders and neck. It’s described as tenderness or weakness of the elbow joint and felt when extending or bending the arm. Limited range of motion, tingling, and numbness may also occur.

Motions that may trigger elbow pain include:

  • Lifting
  • Making a fist 
  • Gripping an object
  • Opening a door 
  • Shaking hands


When Should You See A Doctor For Elbow Pain?

Call and make an appointment with your doctor if: 

  • Your elbow pain continues even after several days of self-care measures 
  • You experience severe pain, swelling, and bruising around the elbow 
  • You feel pain without moving your arm 
  • Your have trouble bending or moving your elbow normally, getting in the way of day-to-day tasks


What Happens If Elbow Pain Is Left Untreated? 

If left untreated, elbow pain may temporarily subside, but will likely come back and could result in motion or function loss. 


What’s The Best Treatment For Elbow Pain? 

Mild elbow pain will heal on its own with self-care treatment like rest, ice, and compression. For more intense pain, we recommend physical therapy and chiropractic care treatment to relieve pain, improve arm stability, and restore elbow function for good. Elbow stretches and exercises are tailored to each patient’s individual condition. Steroid injections or surgery may be needed in more severe cases. 


Dr. Nemirovsky uses the following treatments to restore elbow function:

How Long Does Elbow Pain Last? 

Elbow pain usually heals on its own within 2 weeks. If your condition is worse, pain can last for several weeks. 


Can You Prevent Elbow Pain?

To prevent elbow pain, it’s best to: 

  • Stop your activity if you feel elbow pain 
  • Avoid carrying heavy items  
  • Use stretching techniques, ideally from a sports physician 
  • Create a more ergonomic work station to improve your posture 


Should I Wear A Brace For Elbow Pain? 

An elbow strap or brace will help reduce pain associated with Tennis or Golf Elbow. You can wear an elbow brace whenever you need extra support like playing sports or going about your daily life. Braces vary in styles and degrees of support, so consult a doctor who can recommend the right brand and show you how to put it on correctly. 


How Long Can I Wear A Brace For Elbow Pain?

You can wear an elbow brace all day or just while doing physical activity. 

Disclaimer: Wearing an immobilising device all day can cause muscle atrophy as well as ligaments and tendons to become stiff and tight. The take away here is to try not to rely on a brace to fix the problem long term.


Top 14 Common Types/Causes of Elbow Injuries and Problems:  

  • Elbow Bursitis or Olecranon Bursitis
  • Elbow sprain or strain
  • Elbow tendonitis/elbow tendinosis
  • Golf Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis or arthritis of the elbow
  • Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy or pinched nerve in the elbow


If you are interested in learning more about Elbow Pain Treatment in NYC, please call to schedule an appointment with a doctor at Manhattan Sports Therapy for a knee injury evaluation and treatment plan that is personalized to you.

To learn more about our services, call our sports medicine doctor in NYC today at (212) 310-0100 or contact our office online to request an appointment.

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Meet Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky

Dr. Nemirovsky proudly treats elite athletes, celebrities, and patients throughout the New York area. Even if you consider yourself as an everyday exercise enthusiast, our Board Certified therapist understands your goals, and most importantly, understands your fitness level. Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky has undergone all the necessary hours of training needed to performance the most cutting-edge practices in sports injury treatment and prevention.

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