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Physical Therapy for Elbow and Forearm Injuries
The elbow and muscles of the forearm are extensions of the neck, or cervical spine. What I mean here is this: these muscles are controlled by the nerves that begin (exit the spinal cord) in the neck. These nerves extend all the way out to the hand, and they must be fully intact in order to have full function of the forearm muscles. When dysfunction occurs, not only can these muscles not contract properly, they also cannot relax or elongate. This creates tension in the joint, the elbow, that these muscles cross.
Many elbow injuries occur due to overuse, with activities that require repetitive lifting and carrying, racket sports (tennis, pickle ball). You may be familiar with the terms lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) or medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow). These terms describe the inflammation of the epicondyle (the bony protuberance at the elbow end of the humerus (upper arm bone). This inflammation occurs due to the pulling of the muscle-tendon on the bone.
Some common injuries we treat include:
"I went to see Lara Johnson because of nerve pain in my elbows, lower back, and right SI joint. I was skeptical at first that her ice regimen would help these things, but was very pleasantly surprised. The icing schedule, in conjunction with her techniques for helping my psoas muscle release, ended up largely taking care of all my symptoms. The procedure she used to release muscle fibers was occasionally painful but very effective.