what is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a type of tendonitis just like the Golfer’s elbow. It is the inflammation at the lateral epicondyle of the Humerus or “lateral epicondylitis” which is usually caused by repetitive movement of the forearm and wrist and is commonly found in athletes(especially tennis players). Although athletes are expected to be largely affected, It can be seen in other individuals whose careers comprise excessive motions of arm and wrist. Tennis elbow is a painful condition that limits people from doing some activities, especially those involving arm and wrist extension. Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis or ECRB is the main muscle involved but other arm extensors and wrist extensors are also affected. Activities that put pressure over extensors can trigger tennis elbow and you can still get tennis elbow even if you’ve never been into playing tennis.
Tennis elbow is more common in people between the ages 30 to 50, and is related to some jobs, and sports. Your dominant arm is most often affected; however both arms can be affected.
symptoms of tennis elbow or tennis elbow pain
- Pain or burning at the lateral epicondyle[outer part of elbow]
- limited range of motion in extension
Activities that trigger tennis elbow
- Shake hands or grip an object
- weight lifting
- Repetitive computer mouse use
- Turn a doorknob
- Hold a coffee cup
- Tennis and some other sports
- Playing musical instruments
- Working on cars
- Using plumbing tools
What should I do?
first you should visit your family doctor, they can help you with diagnosing the condition and starting the treatment. Osteopathy is among the best physical therapies that can alleviate the tennis elbow’s pain.
Osteopathy for tennis elbow pain relief
Osteopathy is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive manual medicine. A manual osteopath can reduce inflammation, and can strengthen weak muscles. They can help the body recover faster by applying gentle techniques that bring more blood circulation to the area. blood circulation is an essential part of recovery as they bring nutrients and take the damaged particles away. Manual osteopaths can use mobilization and muscle energy techniques to empower your injured myofascial unit and ease its tensions. Osteopathy helps your body to recover faster and you can get back to your favorite activities sooner. As a manual osteopath in Vancouver, I have seen a lot of patients suffering from the Golfer’s elbow. Most of them were able to pursue their favorite activities after a few sessions, however, the injury was more severe in a small percentage of them that required osteopathy sessions.