Tendonitis-Tennis Elbow-Lateral Epicondylytis
What is Tennis Elbow?
Officially called lateral epicondylytis, it is inflammation of the tendons of the elbow caused by overuse of the muscles of the forearm.The tendons cause an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. And yes, Tennis Elbow can be quite painful, just ask any tennis player wearing a tennis elbow strap.You should know that not just tennis players get tennis elbow. Carpenters get tennis elbow from swinging a hammer. Food prep people can get tennis elbow symptoms or even get tennis elbow bursitis from repetitive motions for extended periods of time. Let’s not forget people using a mouse all day. They too experience a swollen elbow from compressing the forearm extensors that cross the elbow joint.
What Causes Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is caused by repetitive sprain strain on the extensor muscles of the forearm. The primary culprit is the extensor carpi radialis brevis which inserts into the forearm at the lateral epicondylytis. This is why tennis elbow is synonymous with lateral epicondylytis. Numerous quick motions of the outstretched hand put strain on the tendon causing pain and soreness.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
-sharp elbow pain when shaking someone’s hand
-pain in the elbow when turning a door knob or turning a screwdriver
-outer elbow pain when holding a jug of milk
-severe elbow pain when using a raquet or a hammer
-sore elbow after using the computer mouse
-pain in the elbow joint after cutting up food
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
We have found that Graston, a soft tissue treatment is highly effective for curing tennis elbow. Especially when used along with cold laser therapy which is effective in encouraging cellular regrowth. What this means for the tennis elbow/lateral epicondylytis sufferer is that they will be back on the court quickly without a tennis elbow support. As a chiropractor we also reposition the elbow taking further tension of the joint. By combining Graston, Cold laser, exercises for Tennis Elbow and Chiropractic we enjoy a high success rate in curing tennis elbow. People often ask “what is the best brace for tennis elbow?”. I tell them, ” No brace is the best brace because when we are done you will not need a tennis strap”. This may sound like we have cornered the market in the treatment of tennis elbow, but seriously we do a great job. I think our success is because we combine several modalities on each visit. This way tennis elbow relief is assured.
Tennis Elbow Exercises
Watch below and learn several stretches that will help cure your tennis elbow at home.