Tennis elbow is a problem with the tendons around the elbow joint which leads to pain mainly at your outer side of elbow. In the simplest of terms, tennis elbow is an overuse injury. Inflamed tendons caused by overusing the muscles of the forearm exhibit themselves in pain around the outside of the elbow.
Cause of Tennis elbow
This is often caused by overloading the tendon through doing heavy or repetitive manual work or activities. People most often describe problems with gripping, writing and twisting movements of the forearm, as well as lifting, especially with the palm facing down. The primary cause could be due to issue in the nerve of hand, Weak Muscles of forearm or due to improper alignment in the elbow joint.
Treatment for Tennis elbow
In some cases no treatment is require and the pain subsides within few days. If proper rest and care is not taken it can lead to long term issue. Primary treatment includes pain killer and Steroid injection in some cases. Very few people need to have surgery for tennis elbow, and it would only be considered by your GP or surgeon after all other options have been explored, and if it is appropriate for you.
Physiotherapy treatment is most effective in managing tennis elbow as specially in reducing pain, preventing reoccurrence and to get back to day to day activities.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Tennis elbow
- Laser Therapy
- CARE therapy
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Taping or Splinting
- Shock wave therapy
- Strengthening and Stretching