Dr. Andrew Arnold states, ‘firstly you don’t have to play tennis to get Tennis Elbow. In fact, Tennis Elbow can be caused a wide array of different things.’
Secondly, Tennis Elbow is technically known as Lateral epicondylitis. This means inflammation usually caused by overuse, where the common Extensor tendons originate from at the outer elbow joint.
Overuse like gripping a racquet, power tools, screwdrivers, hammers etc. leading to stress on the tendons at the back of the forearm which may lead to micro-tears which in turn effects how the tendon functions. This then leads to pain and altered functioning.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Elbow joint pain, aggravated when straightening the arm
- A dull ache when resting
- Pain at the elbow when opening the fingers/hand or resisting extending the 3rd finger
- A weakened grip
- Problems grasping objects, worse with the arm in an extended position
- Poor strength and/or flexibility in forearm and shoulder muscles
- Poor sporting technique
- Poor sports equipment quality.
- Repetitive movements of the hands and arms
- Continuously lifting and straining
- Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Nerve problems
How a Myotherapist can help
- Soft tissue massage
- Dry needling
- Joint mobilization
- Flexibility and strengthening exercises prescribed by a Myotherapist
- Cupping and Dry Needling
- Electrotherapy modalities such as TENS
Prevention and Management
- Soft tissue treatment to help the forearm muscles function better.
- Strengthening exercises with hand weights.
- Stretching regularly and correctly.
- Using ice post exercise.
- Get coached if playing competitive sport.
- Get ergonomic advice at work.
At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre we recommend the following daily routine:
- Massasge an anti-inflammatory cream directly into the area and continue thru-out the day.
- Gently pull your fingers back and around and stretch.
- Gently flick the outer muscles of your forearm to help reset the muscle fibers.
- Use a Tennis elbow splint / thermo-skin / neoprene elastic support
- Use an Elastic band around the outside of your fingers and extend all fingers against this resistance.
- Rapidly extend your hand with your arm extended 10x.
Afternoon and evening
Use an ice pack/tea towel placed on the elbow pain area for 2-3 minutes.
Stretches as per morning routine.
Anti-inflammatory cream as above
Use a TENS machine 30mins x 2 with a break inbetween.
Repeat this routine daily for one week.
It is very important to start treatment as soon as you notice a problem. The longer it is left the more likely a more permanent injury will develop.