Tennis Series: Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Series: Tennis Elbow

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Tennis elbow is probably the most popular injury in tennis, but what exactly is tennis elbow?  Tennis elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis, is inflammation/pain at the common extensor tendon on the outside of the elbow, not to be confused with Golfer’s Elbow which occurs at flexor tendons on the inside of the elbow.  Tennis elbow is actually an overuse injury and is caused by repeatedly resisting a force directed in the direction of wrist flexion, such as a one-handed backhand.  

Tennis Elbow can oftentimes be treated at home with a combination of:

  • Wrist Extensor Stretches
  • Elbow braces/straps
  • Cross-friction Massage
  • Ice Massage

When these measures fail, Physical Therapy is usually the next step.  Physical Therapists work to decrease the inflammation associated with tendonitis, regain the ROM lost at the elbow and forearm, and strengthen the wrist extensors among other more technical things.  Some of the treatment options we commonly use to do this at BRPT-Lake include:

  • Astym
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Hivamat
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Manual Therapy (joint mobilization, manipulations, etc.)
  • And many more….

If you have suffered from a condition such as Tennis Elbow and it limits you from participating in whatever it is that you like to do, get in touch with us.  Even if you’re not sure if you need treatment or not, call us and set up a Free Screen with one of our Physical Therapists.  We’ll take a quick look at you and let you know if you’re a candidate for Physical Therapy or if there is something else that may be more beneficial for you.