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TENNIS ELBOW

West End Brisbane Sports Chiropractor

 

 

What is it? 

  •       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

 

Symptoms

  •  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.

 

Treatment 

  • 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