Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis Elbow what is it?
Do you think you may have Tennis Elbow, well the information below can give you the details to decide if you may have and explain how it can be treated.
This common injury is caused by strain from overuse of the extensor muscles of the hand or by direct impact to the elbow. Arthritis, rheumatism, or gout may cause the same symptoms. The inflamed tissues are painful and tender to the touch.
Various muscles attach to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, the “funny bone” including the extensor muscles of the hand, the anconeus, and supinator muscles, various muscles in the forearm.
All of this creates pain in the outside of the elbow and can be so painful that just the slightest touch or brush of the “funny bone” can be excruciating. In some cases, recovery from the injury takes months because the inflamed tendon or tendons heal slowly.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
Could include using deep tissue massage and acupressure massage using cross friction techniques on the forearm and using some “soft” manipulation techniques to ensure smooth functioning and mobility within the wrist.
From then on treatment will be tailored to follow the reaction to the previous treatment and could include MET to the muscles of the forearm to improve their function which long term should help reduce the strain on the tendon at the elbow.
Applying a cold therapy and compression wrap for ten to fifteen minutes every few hours will reduce the immediate pain and inflammation and this can then be reduced to three to four times per day.
Rest is very important. Tennis elbow will not heal if it is not allowed to rest. Continuing to use the wrist may result in the injury becoming chronic which is much more difficult to treat.
- Functional assessment
- Deep tissue massage
- Tui Na (Chinese massage and manipulation)
- Acupressure massage
- MET (muscle energy technique)
- Muscle re-education, to improve muscle control
- Electrotherapy (TENS)
- Exercise programs, to strengthen your muscles and improve movement
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