Physical and Hand Therapy for Your Arm and Elbow Pain
If you’re suffering from arm and/or elbow pain, take comfort knowing that you’re not alone. Arm and elbow pain are extremely common complaints. You may experience pain throughout your arm or solely in your elbow and there are many causes for pain in these areas. Pain in the arm and/or elbow pain can come from wear and tear of the joints due to aging. It can also be the result of repetitive motions or overextension during sports, general physical activity, or even physical tasks at work.
When arm and/or elbow pain occurs, it can interfere with day-to-day activities and impact your quality of life. If you’re unsure of the cause of your pain, or if you’re experiencing the inability to carry objects or use your arm, elbow pain at night, elbow pain that persists beyond a few days, or an inability to straighten or flex your arm, you should seek medical attention. The treatment of arm pain and other upper extremity conditions is entirely dependent on the cause of the problem. Our physical therapists and certified hand therapists are trained specialists in arm and elbow injuries, pain management, and relief.
All About Your Arm and Elbow
When talking about arm and elbow pain, it’s important to know how they are connected—literally. Pain in your arm can be caused by an injury to or condition of the arm itself. Arm pain can also be a result of an injury to or condition of your elbow. Because the arm and elbow are connected, it’s important to seek consultation to figure out which piece of the puzzle is causing your pain and needs treatment for pain relief.
Your elbow joint is formed by three bones: Your upper arm bone and two forearm bones. Each bone has cartilage on the end, which helps the bones slide against each other and cushion any impact or shock. The bones are held into place by tough tissues called ligaments. Tendons connect your bones to the muscles to allow you to move your arm in different ways. If any of these parts, including the nerves and blood vessels around them, are damaged or not working properly, it can cause pain.
When Should I Seek Physical Therapy for My Arm and/or Elbow Pain?
Figuring out the source of your arm and elbow pain is the first step to treating it. Professional’s expert physical therapists and hand therapists will discuss your concerns with you, examine the physical limitations caused by your pain, and create a plan to address it. Tackling the issue as soon as possible is key to obtaining arm and/or elbow pain relief and preventing potential future injuries.
A good rule of thumb is to seek attention as soon as the pain is noticeable, especially if it starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Whether pain in your arm and elbow is keeping you from performing simple daily tasks or playing at the top of your game, physical therapy is an effective way to treat a variety of injuries and conditions.
We will conduct a careful assessment, put together a care plan to get you feeling your best, and guide you through every step of your physical therapy plan.
Arm pain and elbow pain are unique in both their causes and the methods we use to help manage your pain symptoms. Click on the diagnoses below to see detailed information about how the physical therapists at Professional treat these common conditions:
Pain from the hand, elbow, or shoulder tends to radiate to other areas. What feels like overall arm pain could be coming from another part of your body, such as your spine, neck, or back. It takes careful attention and expertise to diagnose exactly what part needs to be addressed. You may be experiencing an injury to or condition of the arm and/or elbow if you feel any of these symptoms below:
Numbness and tingling
Difficulty holding objects
Loss of sensation in the hands
Bruising or swelling
Weakness in the forearm, wrist, or hand
Do you have pain in your arm or elbow?
Our physical therapists will diagnose your pain or injury and customize an elbow pain relief plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Cigna (MA)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
How is Arm and Elbow Pain Diagnosed?
Tools that can be used to diagnose elbow pain and refer you to PT include a Clinical Exam, MRI, or X-Rays.
If a physician has referred you to physical therapy, Professional’s PTs will conduct an initial physical evaluation to analyze your range of motion, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain. Our PTs work with you and information from your referring doctor to determine the make-up of your treatment plan. At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your unique treatment plan that focuses on providing arm and elbow pain relief as quickly and efficiently as possible.
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Arm and Elbow Pain?
Taking into consideration the extent of your arm and elbow pain and your medical history, physical therapy may be a very effective non-surgical means of treatment. If you suffer from symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, weakness, or a limited range of motion in your arm and/or elbow or have pain resulting from a traumatic injury to your arm or elbow, physical therapy can help better your quality of life, and, in some cases, delay or even prevent future surgical intervention.
Physical Therapy Treatment Techniques for Arm and Elbow Pain
Professional physical therapists and certified hand therapists can help you treat and manage the cause of your pain. We use many techniques to locate the cause of your arm and elbow pain and establish a plan to put you on the path to recovery. Through a clinical exam, your therapist will evaluate your arm movements, note any areas of concern or pain points, and develop a customized treatment plan to help relieve your pain. Below are just a few of the skills and techniques we use for ongoing arm and elbow pain treatment or rehabilitation after an injury or surgery:
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Health & Wellness Strategies
Arm and Elbow Pain Relief Before and After Surgery
While pain in your arm and/or elbow is often treatable and preventable with ongoing physical therapy, serious conditions may require surgical intervention. When surgery cannot be avoided, research shows that physical therapy is a vital part of your road to recovery—both before and after your procedure. Before a surgery to address pain caused by severe conditions, physical therapy allows you to strengthen your muscles, educate yourself on what to expect post-surgery, and develop a home exercise routine to prepare for the journey ahead.
The stronger and more informed you are before surgery, the stronger and more assured you’ll be afterward. Post-surgery physical therapy for an arm or elbow surgery may feel similar, with treatment targeted toward regaining strength, mobility, and flexibility to help you heal properly and recover most effectively.
Committed to Providing Arm and Elbow Pain Relief
No matter the cause of your arm and elbow pain, Professional’s physical therapists will work with you to create and facilitate a safe and effective treatment plan. Our certified hand therapists and physical therapists are trained specialists in both arm and elbow injuries and conditions, arm and elbow pain management, and arm and elbow pain relief. When it comes to finding arm and elbow pain relief, we ensure that our treatment is comprehensive, manageable, and customized to fit your specific symptoms and concerns. Our PTs make sure to educate you on the how and why of your pain and put you on a path to ongoing wellness and prevention of more serious conditions.
We provide treatments for arm and elbow pain relief from our physical therapy clinics throughout Manhattan NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and elbow pain treatment specialist today.
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