Why Does My Elbow Hurt?

You’re working from home and you’ve been sitting at your desk for 4 hours. One hand on the mouse, the other on the keyboard, you’ve got dead lines, calls, your inbox keeps filling up. A slight ache down your right arm is forming, but you have no time to acknowledge this, you ignore it and carry on with your work. Lunchtime rolls around, which you sit down to eat and then back to the computer again.

The next morning, you get up, reach for the cereal and suddenly experience a sharp pain down the outside of your right elbow. When did you have time to hurt your elbow? Must have been how you slept right? Not necessarily. Sleeping positions are not as involved in our pain levels as you might think. It is more often than not something you did the previous day. Or something that has been creeping up over time and that one move, such as reaching for the cereal, puts you over the edge and causes your elbow to hurt.

How Can I Tell If My Elbows Are Overworked?

Here’s an experiment for all the desk-workers out there, go stand in front of the mirror with your arms by your side. Have a look at what direction your palms face. Do they face in towards your body, or do they face behind you? Palms facing backwards are common in computer-based jobs. Your hands are always facing downwards to type so naturally your muscles accommodate for this position. Helpful right? No.

Why Does My Elbow Hurt?

Some Anatomy

Muscles work in opposition to each other. For every movement your muscles performs, there are opposite movements other muscles perform. Take your hands for example, palm up and palm down. Anatomically these muscles are known as the Supinator (palm up) and the Pronator Teres and Quadratus (palm down) See picture below.

As a response from your Nervous System, when your arms are always in pronation (palm down) it weaks the under-used Supinator muscle on the outside. The supinator tightens up, shortening the length of the muscle and reduces blood flow to the area, causing it to become painful, and resent you.

A great way to prevent or alleviate these pains is to perform exercises in opposition to your daily work positions.

If these exercises aren’t helping then maybe consider Myotherapy

Many muscles converge or cross the elbow joint so a differential diagnosis is important to determine where your pain is originating. At Boost Health we would perform a full assessment to determine which muscles and positions are involved. With the application of manual soft tissue treatment and corrective exercises we will get you out of pain and moving freely again.

What our clients are saying about us

Bree BrittBree Britt
05:41 22 May 24
Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
Rose StewartRose Stewart
02:32 14 May 24
The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
00:37 13 May 24
Mehar Sandhu has been an absolute delight. She is very professional in her treatment and most personable and friendly to deal with.
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03:13 10 May 24
Ezyk ArtistEzyk Artist
00:07 19 Apr 24
I've been coming here exclusively since my first consultation. I've had constant shoulder and arm pain from my line of work; the exercises my physio, Carina provided are easy to remember, not time consuming and super effective!Bonus: the space feels super clean and calming - highly recommend coming here
Natasha KhongNatasha Khong
23:58 22 Mar 24
I had a great experience here. The gym was well equipped and the atmosphere of the clinic was amazing. I had Carina, who was very knowledgeable about my injury and helped construct a great solution plan! Her manner was beautiful and she had great energy. Definitely recommend!
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20:28 14 Mar 24
I’ve been seeing Talia for a few weeks now for treatment on my shoulder bursitis. From day 1 she was great! She explained everything about my condition to me and what she wanted to do which helped me visualise my own recovery. Could not recommend her enough.
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