But I don’t play tennis! And I have been told I have Tennis Elbow. You certainly don’t need to be a tennis player to suffer from this painful and annoying condition. Tennis elbow, otherwise know as Lateral Epicondylitis is a condition where we see pain located on the outside of the elbow.
What Causes Tennis Elbow:
Tennis elbow is an extremely common, and often painful condition. We generally see it as an overuse injury. A type of repetitive strain problem. Office workers, manual laborers, excessive pruning in the garden and sportspeople can suffer from this condition. There is often a change in routine or equipment that leads to the onset of pain.
Signs And Symptoms of Tennis Elbow:
- Slow onset of pain at the outside of the elbow.
- Stiffness and soreness in the morning or at the end of the day/ night
- Pain with gripping, lifting activities
- Reduced grip strength
- Pins and Needles in the hand
How do I know if I have Tennis Elbow:
With a thorough case history, and a physical examination, we assess your signs and symptoms, an accurate diagnosis can be made. Generally, there is no need for a scan. We can also differentiate your pain from other conditions such as nerve irritation or pain referred from your neck or shoulder.
Treatment and Management:
Initial we need to reduce your pain and symptoms.
- Icing -helps reduce inflammation
- Taping/bracing techniques – helps offload the tendon and modifies the use of the elbow.
- Dry Needling – Helps reduce tone in the muscles.
- Activity modification
- Hands-on Treatment – targetting the neck, shoulders and forearm and wrist.
Our initial goal is to stop the pain process and speed up the healing process.
Once your pain has settled, usually within the first 7-10days, we can start on your strengthening program. It is essential to regain the strength in the muscles and “load” the irritated tendon to make it strong again. All the research suggests that RESTING does not help. But rather a specific strength training program is best.
Shockwave therapy has been shown to drastically improve the symptoms of tennis elbow. Especially in cases where there has been pain for longer than 6 months.
What Should I do now?
Don’t delay seeking help. If you’re experiencing pain with gripping or lifting a teacup you may have Tennis Elbow. Get in touch with us. We have helped so many people just like you. Take control of your elbow pain now. Ignore those suggesting Cortisone – there is no evidence to suggest it helps in the long term. And let us help you get back to doing the things you love, without Tennis Elbow pain.
At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal clinic, we thrive on helping Glen Iris, Malvern and Ashburton locals who need a little help with their Tennis Elbow. Our Osteopaths service Malvern, Glen Iris, Ashburton, Toorak, South Yarra, Hawthorn, and Caulfield.
Let us help guide you to better health and wellbeing.
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