Gym Junkie's Elbow Risk Assessment


If you’ve ever done our most popular and long-standing 3-day course Rehab Trainer Essentials (remember the laminated cards you received when you did it?), you will know that the “R” in R..E..H..A..B stands for the first critical point of assessment that should always be front of your mind as a Fitness Professional:

Is this injury High Risk or Low Risk? Should you refer the injury without any further intervention, to a Physiotherapist or other medical professional, to ensure you aren’t playing with fire...

It has nothing to do with diagnosis at all. And it attempts to show up hidden risks of aggravation that might come through loading in the gym.

Some things to look out for, without going into our whole Risk Assessment protocol, are:
  1. Strong (or sharp) pain limiting range of motion
  2. Pins and Needles or Numbness
  3. Strong pain or severe weakness with static muscle testing
  4. Pain for no reason without movement
  5. Spinal range of movement no strong pain
...and today I go out on a limb to show you a series of (weird) movements you can use for self-assessment of neural irritation in elbow pain.

3 Nerve Self-Assessment Movements

We have always drawn the line that only Physiotherapists should use these kinds of movements in their treatments - they are for assessment only! If they give any strong pain, different to the other side, then refer to a Physiotherapist or other for help. 

I’ve often thought some of the movements look like you’re doing an Egyptian dance…check the video to see movements that clear the Median, Ulnar and Radial nerves from involvement.

 
                     
 

So, please get clients to gently try them so as to rule out any nerve component to their injury. And if they are clear, then you are safer with that Low Risk injury! Simple. 
 
Ulrik

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