Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an overuse injury occurring in the lateral side of the elbow region, but more specifically it occurs at the common extensor tendon that originates from the lateral epicondyle. The acute pain that a person might feel occurs as one fully extends the arm.

CAUSES :

  • Overuse, strain, or injury to the tendon that attaches to the bone on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle)
  • Any repetitive movements that involves bending the wrist in a turning or backwards motion (e.g., tennis, painting, hammering, using a screwdriver)

 

SYMPTOMS :

  • Pain on the outer part of elbow (lateral epicondyle).
  • Tenderness over the lateral epicondyle – a prominent part of the bone on the outside of the elbow.
  • Gripping and movements of the wrist hurt, especially wrist extension and lifting movements.
  • Activities that use the muscles that extend the wrist (e.g. pouring a pitcher or gallon of milk, lifting with the palm down) are characteristically painful.
  • Morning stiffness

 

GOALS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY :

  • Improves pain through advanced modalities.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Strengthening of extensors of elbow.
  • Alignment correction through manual therapy
  • Taping technique
  • Laser therapy for instant pain relief

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