Here are the most common causes of elbow pain and the solutions Old Post Physical Therapy can provide:

Elbow Joint Problems

Our elbow consists of three joints.  They are the Humeroulnar joint, Humeroradial joint, and Superior Radioulnar joint.  Any one or all of these joints can be impacted by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or can become damaged with trauma and/or surgery.  All of these conditions can improve with a proper stretching and strengthening program to preserve the joint as best as possible.  Our Physical Therapists at Old Post Physical Therapy can also perform manual techniques including joint mobilizations and soft tissue mobilizations where needed to restore the elbow joint, ligaments, and muscles to a normal state as much as possible.

Muscle Strain/Tear

There are nineteen muscles that move the elbow joints.  These include common muscles like the biceps brachii and triceps brachii as well as lesser known muscles like the anconeus and palmaris longus.  Any one or all of these muscles can be partially torn (strained) or completely torn.  Partial tears can be rehabilitated with manual techniques, ultrasound, stretching, and strengthening.  A severe or complete tear may need surgical repair.

Ligament Sprain/Tear

Ligaments are tissues that hold our bones together.  They provide support to our joints to prevent sublocations and dislocations.  There are 3 ligaments in our elbow.  They are the Ulnar Collateral or Medial Collateral Ligament, Radial Collateral or Lateral Collateral Ligament, and the Annular Ligament.  Like muscles, ligaments can be torn partially (sprained) or torn completely.  Most ligament sprains and tears at the elbow can be rehabilitated with manual techniques, ultrasound, and specific strengthening exercises.

Nerve Pain

Sometimes elbow pain is actually being referred from the Cervical or Thoracic spines.  This occurs when a nerve becomes compressed in the spine from bone spurs, a herniated or bulging disc, or a a mal-alignment of the spine.  At Old Post Physical Therapy we can determine where your nerve is being compressed and perform soft tissue mobilizations and spinal mobilizations to alleviate the compression of the nerve and thus alleviate your elbow pain.

So if you have elbow pain and are looking for answers and relief call us at 914-271-2426, email us at, or make an appointment on our website