Tennis elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is a common cause of elbow pain. Despite the name, it doesn’t only affect tennis players. Tennis elbow affects around 3% of the population and is most associated with work-related activities. However racquet sport players are more prone to the condition and account for approximately 5% of all sufferers. It effects men and women equally, peaking in occurrence between the ages of 30 and 50.
Tennis elbow is characterised by pain over the outer side of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm as well.
It usually beings with inflammation of the extensor tendons of the forearm, as they attach to the Humerus (upper arm) bone, just above the elbow joints. This inflammation is typically caused by prolonged gripping activities such as hammering, driving screws, weight lifting, playing certain instruments, canoeing, driving and racquet sports.
Unlike many other injuries, tennis elbow is very easy to diagnose. It can be diagnosed by a couple of easy diagnostic tests. These combined with; having pain when the outside part of your elbow is touched and the elbow pain is worsened by gripping activities. In some cases simple things like turning a door handle or holding a pen can hurt.
During the treatment, the Physio may use some deep manual techniques which can help to increase blood flow to the area and help promote healing.
If the tennis elbow has been around for a while and becomes a chronic issue, then Shockwave Therapy may be the best type of treatment for you. Shockwave will help restart your healing process, help to reduce your pain and improve function.
If Shockwave and exercise does not overcome the issue, then we can refer you to a doctor who may opt to inject the area with a corticosteroid.
At Comfort Health we offer a range of treatments from sports massage, physiotherapy, shockwave therapy and acupuncture, along with a variety of other services which can help prevent/ease tennis elbow.
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