South Florida Rehab and Training Center
For athletes and sports enthusiasts alike, the elbow is a vital performance joint, whether you’re swinging or throwing or lifting your favorite after-activity beverage. To safeguard this delicate hinge, South Florida Rehab and Training Center (SFR) in Miami offers physical therapy and specialized training programs to help condition and strengthen your elbow, as well as help it recover from injury or surgery. If your elbow is giving you problems, or you’d just like to ensure it doesn’t, call or book an appointment online.
Elbow Q & A
What is the anatomy of the elbow?
Your elbow is a hinge joint where three bones come together. These bones are the:
Holding these bones together are three crucial ligaments:
• The UCL ligament on the inside
• The lateral collateral on the outside
• The ulnar collateral ligament, which connects your humerus to your ulna
Rounding out this intricate joint is a complex system of tendons and muscles that give your elbow strength and flexibility.
What are the most common elbow injuries?
Because your elbow is complex, several injuries or conditions can crop up among activities requiring throwing or swinging.
With any sport involving throwing, such as baseball or softball, injuries often result from repeated use and stress, such as:
• Flexor tendinitis
• Ulnar collateral ligament, or UCL, injury
• Little League elbow, which affects the growth plate on the inside of a child’s elbow
• Stress fractures
Sports and activities, such as tennis or golf, put an enormous strain on your elbow, which often causes small tears in your tendons and muscles, leading to pain and inflammation.
How are elbow injuries treated?
At South Florida Rehab and Training, the physical therapists are highly skilled in treating elbow problems. They work with you to alleviate your pain while building up your strength and mobility to prevent future problems. They do this by using a multi-pronged approach, including:
• Strength and flexibility exercises
• Range of motion exercises
• Graston® technique for soft tissue mobilization
• Hot and cold therapies
The rehab specialists are also skilled when it comes to the aftercare of Tommy John surgery or UCL reconstruction, which repairs your UCL by using a tendon, or graft, from another part of your body.
What programs strengthen elbow performance?
South Florida Rehab and Training Center offers training programs for most athletes, which provide preventive conditioning and strengthening with an eye toward improved performance.
For baseball players, in particular, South Florida Rehab and Training Center offers the Tommy House throwing program, which focuses on warm up, stretching exercises, and throwing, delivering incredible results for professionals and amateurs alike.
If you’re unable to participate in your favorite sport or activity because of elbow problems, or you’d like to avoid problems entirely, call South Florida Rehab and Training Center, or book an appointment online to learn more.