Tennis Elbow, or ‘lateral epicondylitis’, can prevent athletes from performing at their peak due to excruciating elbow pain. Tennis elbow can even affect “non-tennis-playing” individuals through random injury such as picking up a heavy object, or overuse injuries common in office work. Regardless of what category you fit into, Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong is here to help you recover.
Your elbow comprises of many different tissues such as the forearm extensor tendons, forearm extensor muscle bellies, the radius, ulna and humerus bones, various ligaments and the nerves of your elbow. Tennis elbow, however, specifically refers to pain and inflammation in the tendons of the elbow which are designed to support the movement of your forearms.
The symptoms of tennis elbow include:
- General wrist or forearm pain
- Pain experienced upon movement or force applied to the lower arm
Besides tennis, Tennis Elbow is common in sports that require repetitive impact on your elbow. These include activities such as racquetball, fencing, squash and weight lifting. When participating in tennis or any other activity, it is best to be wary of elbow pain. Elbow pain may indicate injury and you should promptly seek professional advice.
What causes tennis elbow?
- Repetitive force on the elbow, such as hitting a tennis ball
- Incorrect technique
- Overuse of the elbow
6 Tips to help manage Tennis Elbow:
1. Rest your elbow
Don’t continue the activities causing your elbow pain, such as tennis, as you can often do more damage to the affected area and prolong your recovery time.
2. Strap your elbow
Our Geelong Sports Physiotherapists can help you to strap your elbow in a way that relieves the pressure on your elbow and realigns the muscle fibers to promote healing.
3. Ice your elbow
Applying an ice pack can help your elbow to heal by reducing the inflammation at the affected area.
4. Stretches and exercises
Appropriate stretches and exercises can promote strength and improved mobility to an injured elbow. However, this should be undertaken with guidance from a trusted sports physiotherapists available at Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong.
5. Change your grip
By altering the grip on your racquet, club or otherwise, sometimes the symptoms can be controlled at the source of the pain. Consider purchasing a thicker grip or alternatively wrapping your handle with tape to change the way the muscles of the forearm are functioning.
6. Consult your doctor
Other treatment modalities may be recommended by your doctor such as cortisone injections or ultrasound to help aid your recovery.
7. Book an appointment online
Book a physiotherapy appointment online at Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong and get expert assessment and treatment for your tennis elbow such as massage therapy and dry needling. Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong are experienced in dealing with tennis elbow and strive to restore your function and mobility.