Elbow Pain Specialist

Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES -  - Physical Therapist

Fifth Avenue Physical Therapy

Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES

Physical Therapist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Golfer's elbow and tennis elbow can affect anyone - not just athletes. As a top New York City physical therapist, Dr. Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES helps her Midtown East patients reduce symptoms and improve range of motion with state-of-the-art treatments aimed at achieving optimal outcomes.

Elbow Pain Q&A

What causes tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

Both tennis and golfer's elbow (sometimes called pitcher's elbow) occur when the muscles and other soft tissues of the arm, hand and wrist are overused, resulting in strain and painful symptoms. But the two conditions differ in the areas they affect: Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) affects the muscles and tendons on the outside of the elbow, while golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the tissues on the inside of the elbow area. Despite their names, tennis and golfer's elbow can occur even in people who don't participate in sports as a result of other types of overuse injuries, including repetitive lifting at home or at work. Both tennis and golfer's elbow are a type of tendinitis, or inflammation of the tendons.

What are the symptoms of tennis or golfer's elbow?

The most common symptoms of tennis and golfer's elbow include:

  • increasing pain in the elbow that's usually focused either along the front of the elbow (tennis elbow) or back of the elbow (golfer's elbow) and which may extend down into the forearm

  • pain that increases when grabbing or squeezing an object

  • pain that increases when lifting objects – even lightweight ones – or opening jars

How does Dr. Imelda Tan, PT, DPT, CES treat elbow problems?

Once the type of injury is determined, Imelda can help relieve inflammation and restore pain-free range of motion with exercises designed to improve circulation and ease strain on the soft tissues. She'll also help develop strength in the injured area to help avoid future issues. If your pain was caused by injury due to a sport or specific activity, Imelda can also help by providing you with guidance and advice regarding proper selection and sue of equipment and other ways to avoid recurrent injury.

Insurance & Direct Access

Physical Therapy is a medical expense covered by most major insurance plans. In order for therapy to be reimbursed by insurance, a doctor's prescription is usually required.  However current trends in Physical Therapy now allow therapists practicing in New York State to evaluate and treat patients without an MD referral or prescription. This is called Direct Access. You are entitled to a 30-day treatment period or 10 visits, whichever occurs first. This is an advantage for patients who wanted to get immediate care without making an appointment with the doctor. After performing the evaluation, your Physical Therapist will communicate with your primary care physician regarding medical findings as necessary. If further treatment is needed, then a referral from the physician is required. 

Most insurances pay for treatment under Direct Access. Our Insurance experts will verify coverage prior to your first physical therapy appointment. If your insurance plan doesn't pay for Direct Access, we can assist you in getting a Physical Therapy prescription/referral or you can payout of your pocket for a discounted fee in order to receive treatment.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)