Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylopathy
What is Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylopathy
Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylopathy is an injury to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically the lateral epicondyle, a bony bump that is located on the outside of the elbow where these muscles attach.
Who Suffers Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is usually caused by overuse or repetitive movements of the forearm muscles, but may also be caused by direct trauma such as with a fall, car accident, or work injury.
Tennis elbow is commonly seen in tennis players, hence the name, especially when poor technique is used when hitting the ball with a backhand stroke. However most people that present with Tennis Elbow don’t actually play tennis.
Other common causes include any activity that requires repetitive motion of the forearm such as:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Playing musical instruments
Predictably, the side affected is usually associated with your dominate arm, however it can occur in the non-dominant arm. Males and Females are both affected equally
What are Tennis Elbow Symptoms?
- Pain that is made worse in the elbow with wrist movement
- Increase in pain on firmly touching this region
- Pain may radiate into the forearm.
- An ache that increases to a sharper pain with activity
- A weak or painful grip
- Elbow stiffness
How can Chiropractic Help?
Our Newtown chiropractors can assist in addressing some key dysfunctional issue such as:
- Reducing you pain
- Enhance tissue repair by promoting circulation and healing to the area.
- Increasing your normal joint range of motion and function.
- Restoration of normal muscle length, strength and movement patterns.
Our Newtown Chiropractors provide gentle, non invasive treatment which addresses the underlying causes of your elbow pain from reoccurring. Chiropractic treatment can include gentle mobilisation of the elbow and wrist joints, soft tissue manipulation, Shockwave therapy, dry needling, muscle stretches and strengthening, ice or heat treatment, mobilisations and take home activities.