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Tennis elbow

What can Physical Therapy do for me that I can’t do for myself? Part 2

Why go to physical therapy? Can’t I just buck up and do exercises myself and get better? Won’t going to a gym and lifting weights fix the problem?

Let’s take a look:

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The lady above is coming for elbow pain on the left and thumb pain on each hand. You may be wondering why I took a picture of her shoulder blades and middle back? The answer: her shoulder blade muscles are the “core” of her arms and their position and movement pattern, if bad, will strain the arms. She may not know how to make sure the “core” shoulder blade muscles are strong and how to stretch the tight muscles that pull the shoulder blade down and out.

Let’s look at her elbows (the pictures below are of someone different who looks like her due to Comstock PT not wanting to expose her face):

bent elbow

bent elbow

bent elbow posture

bent elbow posture

The elbows are bent and forearms twisted in, which is straining her outer forearm muscles and rotating her wrists and thumbs in. (see below) abductor pollicis

The thumb muscle that is causing pain for her comes from the forearm, up by the elbow and twists down by the thumb. When the forearm is turned in and elbow bent, it strains the thumb and forearm muscles causing both forearm and thumb pain.

To fix the thumb and forearm pain and keep it gone, a holistic approach to the whole arm and shoulder blade system is needed to reduce the strain and help the arm improve. Why go to physical therapy to have this treated? To get the holistic treatment and get fixed!