The elbow joint is a complex hinge joint formed between the end of the humerus in the upper arm and the top ends of the ulna and radius bones in the forearm. The elbow allows for the flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) of the forearm relative to the upper arm, as well as rotation of the forearm and wrist.


An extensive network of ligaments helps the elbow joint maintain good stability and an ability to resist high mechanical stresses, however it is susceptible to injury, particularly during falls, impact injuries and overuse injuries and is a common site of pain in many people.

Physiotherapy at Head2Toe

Your expert Head2Toe physiotherapist will quickly identify the source of your problem and aid you in resolving your symptoms and prevent them from returning.

Common injuries to the elbow

  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Radial head fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Biceps tendon injury
  • Nerve compression (Particularly Ulnar Nerve)
  • Referred pain from the neck

Treatments we use

  • Mobilisation to recover lost range of movement
  • Soft-tissue releases of ligament and muscle tissue
  • Electrotherapy for swelling
  • Neck mobilisation and neural (nerve) releases for referred pain
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

Severe injuries

As always, if your Head2Toe therapist suspects your injury or problem to be beyond the scope of physiotherapy treatment, they will guide you on what investigations and scans to get and liaise with your GP in order to make sure you are receiving the best possible care.