Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a chronic condition whereby the common tendon of the forearm extensors becomes inflamed or tears. This can cause consistent pain/discomfort towards the top of the forearm, inside of the elbow.
This injury is a type of overuse injury of the muscles in the forearm and results in inflammation and in some cases microscopic tearing and degeneration of the tendon tissue.
This injury is often work-related, stemming from actions such as wrist extension, pronation or supination during activities such as manual labour, housework and various hobbies.
I feel like I have Tennis Elbow, but I don’t play Tennis! It is important to remember that you don’t have to play tennis to suffer with Tennis Elbow. In fact, only 5% of those suffering with the condition gained it through playing tennis.
How can it be treated? Tennis Elbow can be treated with a combination of the following.
- Soft tissue work to increase circulation to the affected area and loosen the muscular structures.
- Stretching exercises to regain range of motion.
- Loading and strengthening exercises to rehabilitate the tendon.
- Shockwave therapy
- Dry needling
- Taping and Strapping using Kinesiology tape.
Get in touch if you have any aches or pains to see how we can help. We offer soft tissue therapy, sports massage, shockwave therapy, dry cupping, dry needling and exercise rehab here at tfd therapy.