Tennis elbow is one of the most common overuse elbow injury. Patient doesn’t have to play tennis to have this condition. Many patients when we are discussing their condition they say they never played tennis in their life. You don’t have to play tennis to have tennis elbow. Medical term for tennis elbow physical therapy is lateral epicodylitis.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury. It is caused by repetitivemovements which put stress on tendons which are situated outside of the elbow and helps us move hand backward. This is an injury of common extensor origin tendons which controls wrist extension.
It is very common in tennis players, but in reality it can impact anyone who performs repetitive movements;people who work manual labor jobs like construction, carpenters, Plummer, Painters and machine operator etc.
Listed are few symptoms which is common in tennis elbow patients
- Pain in the outer elbow, especially when gripping something, lifting, shaking hand, getting up from chair, opening a jar.
- Tenderness or swelling outer side of elbow.
- Weakness in wrist extensor and/or painful wrist extension.
Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Every patient is different, depend upon condition treatment may vary. In acute cases in other words in recent injury most likely to use cold packs;some therapist may use cold packs even in chronic condition because it’s an inflammatory condition.
Physical therapist may use electrical stimulation, ultrasound, soft tissue massage and specific exercises.
Doctor may try pain medication (anti-inflammatory, analgesic, oral cortisone) or give injection.
If you have tried cold pack, hot packs and other home remedies at home which have failed you can contact your physician or physical therapist.
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All of our patients receive individual attention with the same provider during each and every visit. Our goal is to restore each patient to his or her highest possible level of function.