Introduction

These exercises can help to get you moving normally, and safely, if you've a muscle or joint problem affecting your elbow.

These video shows the whole movement so don't worry if you can't do it all.

How many and how often

Start by doing 5 repetitions of each exercise, 3 times a day. Add an extra 1 or 2 repetitions every few days as long as you feel comfortable.

When to stop

Stop these exercises if they make your symptoms worse, or cause new pain.

Help and support

If your elbow problem hasn’t improved within 6 weeks of following this advice, it’s a good idea to talk to a healthcare professional about your symptoms.

Elbow bend

You should do this exercise while standing.

Raising and lowering your arm is one repetition.

Instruction Key movement
With your arms by your side, slowly bend your sore elbow and raise your hand to your shoulder
Hold for 2 seconds then return to your side

Forearm turn

You should do this exercise while standing.

Rotating your palm up and down is one repetition.

Instruction Key movement
With your elbow bent and palm turned down, slowly turn your palm up
Hold for 2 seconds then turn your palm back down

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