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Tennis Elbow: Lateral Epicondylitis

What is Tennis Elbow? What are the symptoms?backpain 2

Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition of the elbow joint that is caused by overuse of the muscles around the forearm. This happens has the result of repetitive movements of the elbow joint. The word “itits” refers to inflammation. When an individual’s preform repetitive tasks with their arm, it causes the tendon that attaches the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow bone to be inflamed – which then causes pain and swelling on the outer part of the elbow.

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain/swelling on the outer part of the elbow
  • Pain on the upper forearm and/or travelling into the wrist
  • Pain while lifting, or bending your arm
  • Pain while grasping/holding objects
  • Night pain

How does a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, and Massage Therapy help treat those who have tennis elbow?

It is important to understand that the specific interventions to treat tennis elbow depends on factors such as; how it happened, how long you have been experiencing pain for, location/intensity of pain and your treatment goals. Typically, however, Physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment can involve hands on manual therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic ultrasound and exercises. Our physiotherapist can also refer an elbow brace and/or strap such as the Beauefeind EpiTrain elbow brace. This brace is an effective way to help manage your elbow pain. It provides maximal support and stabilization for the elbow joint.

In addition, Massage therapy is another form of treatment that can be used in combination with physiotherapy and chiropractic treament. They can help with soft tissue release in the forearm, upper arm, neck and back.

Exercises for Tennis Elbow:

Here are some general exercises for those who have tennis elbow. Please be advised that it is always best to speak with your chiropractor and or physiotherapist to determine which exercises are most suitable for you.

Caution: Please avoid performing any exercise that cause pain

Forearm Flexor Stretch

Forearm Extensor Stretch

Wrist flexion/extension


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