Tennis elbow is a burning pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow which gradually gets worse over weeks or months. It’s usually caused from a repeated twisting of your wrist through activities such as using a screwdriver or wrench, using a sports racquet or computer work.
In this blog we will be talking about Tennis elbow and the best recovery to get you back to your normal daily routine or sport as quickly as possible.
Tennis elbow, or medically known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is an inflammatory condition caused by overuse. It involves the tendons that attach to your elbow and control your wrist, hand and fingers. When the tendons are weakened due to overuse, tiny tears occur at the attachment to the elbow, causing inflammation and irritation.
Common symptoms are:
- Pain or burning over the outside of the elbow, which can radiate into the forearm
- Weak grip strength
The pain usually develops gradually, beginning mild and progressively getting worse over a couple of weeks to months. The symptoms are usually aggravated by activities which involve moving the wrist backwards and turning the wrist over. The dominant hand is usually the arm that is affected.
The first step in reducing pain is decreasing inflammation of the forearm muscles. This can be initially done with rest by avoiding aggravating movements and icing the area for 20 minutes intervals nightly to reduce pain and inflammation.
You should then see your osteopath for massage, mobilisation and stretching to reduce the tightness of the forearm muscles affected. An osteopath will also apply kinesiology tape on the muscles of your forearm. This tape will increase circulation in the area, which will help with swelling and inflammation, and improve movement and function of your muscles.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Tennis Elbow and want to get back to playing sport or daily activities, book in for a FREE SPORTS INJURY ASSESSMENT or initial Osteopathic consultation with one of our qualified Osteopaths ONLINE or call 9561 1958.