Tennis elbow is a common disorder that affects the outer part of the elbow (the epicondyle)
Tennis elbow is a tendinopathy (a disruption/irritation within the tendon) and is commonly associated with repetitive gripping tasks and repetitive extension at the wrist.
Who gets it?
Tennis elbow can affect anyone at any age, however it is most commonly affected between the 4th and 5th decade
People who engage in sports/occupations that require repetitive gripping of the hand or repetitive wrist extension.
Common sports: tennis, badmington, squash
Common occupations: desk workers, carpenters, brick layers, sewers/knitters
There is usually tenderness on the bony part of the outer elbow as well as tightness down the forearm. This can be a gradual onset or occur after a single episode of high physical work
There is often pain and/or weakness with grip strength, bending/extending at the wrist and elbow
Occasionally pins and needles can be felt through the top of the forearm.
This is commonly associated with weakness of the shoulder and tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders.
The first goal is to find the aggravating movement, position or lifestyle factor (stress/anxiety/sleep deprivation) that may be contributing to this pain. This may be as simple as changing your desk set up or changing your grip on a tool.
Your chiropractor will assess the soft tissues in in the elbow, wrist, neck and shoulder to determine where the painful muscular triggers may be coming from.
Assessment of the joints from the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist will determine where joint limitations may be occurring
Specific tests for potential nerve involvement will be performed.
Prescription exercises will be given to stretch and strengthen the tendon
When dealing with tendon pain, building strength and resilience within the tendon is vital the both short term and long term resolution of your pain