What is tennis elbow
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is the most common overuse syndrome which originates in the elbow. Tennis elbow refers to inflammation and/or micro tearing in the tendons which join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. This micro tearing of the forearm muscles causes a painful irritation of the tendon at the elbow every time the elbow joint bends and extends.
Who is more likely to develop Tennis Elbow?
Whilst it is called tennis elbow, only 5% of the people suffering from tennis elbow are tennis players. This is because tennis elbow is an overuse injury which gets worse overtime with repetitive actions, regardless of which sport or activity, where the elbow is constantly bending and extending hence its high prevalence in cleaners.
It also affects
- Computer workers
- Baseball players
- Garden and lawn workers
- Jobs that require regular vacuuming, sweeping, and scrubbing
- Carpenters and mechanics
What are the symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
- Pain or burning on the outer part of the elbow
- Weak grip strength
- Pain at night
- Pain worsened with forearm activity
- Constant pain, which prohibits any activity
What is the treatment of Tennis Elbow?
Management of tennis elbow like any other chronic overuse injuries is based on the following principles:
- Relieving pain and controlling inflammation- our myotherapist will give you a treatment plan which will outline exactly what you need to do to fast track your recovery. Remember no one should ever deal with chronic pain alone. Chronic pain can be very debilitating but that’s what we’re here for.
- If you’re in pain right now, rest and avoid painful activities that aggravate your pain and book an appointment so we can help you.
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