Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common source of pain and discomfort in the forearm and elbow...
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common source of pain and discomfort in the forearm and elbow, particularly among those who engage in repetitive arm movements. Understanding the nature of this condition, its causes, and the various treatment options available is crucial for individuals affected by tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that affects the tendons and muscles in the forearm, causing pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. This pain can sometimes extend down the forearm and into the wrist. Although the condition is named after the sport, it can affect anyone who engages in repetitive arm, forearm, or wrist movements, not just tennis players.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Some common causes of tennis elbow include:
Repetitive arm, forearm, and wrist movements: Activities such as tennis, racquet sports, weightlifting, or even manual labor that involves repetitive gripping, lifting, or twisting can lead to tennis elbow.
Age: Tennis elbow is more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, as the tendons and muscles in the arm can become less resilient with age.
Poor technique or equipment: In sports like tennis, improper technique or using equipment that is not suited to the individual's body can put excessive strain on the forearm muscles, increasing the risk of tennis elbow.
Physiotherapy and Other Treatments for Tennis Elbow
Cedar Valley physiotherapists successfully treat Tennis Elbow with IMS, spinal decompression, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, gym active rehabilitation.