Lateral Epicondylitis Physio Toronto
What is Tennis Elbow?
• Pain on the lateral aspect (outer side) of the elbow.
• Discomfort when 1) gripping objects 2) when bending your elbow or 3) trying to raise your hand upward against resistance when your palm faces downward.
• Damage to the common extensor origin or tendon, which is the area where the tendons from the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers meet.
• Usually, a very tender point an inch or so past the bony part of the outer elbow (lateral epicondyle).
Factors That Contribute to Tennis Elbow
As mentioned, every case of tennis elbow is a little different, so no two treatment plans will be exactly the same. A detailed physiotherapy assessment will discover what factors are contributing to your specific problem. Here are some of the more common factors that contribute to this condition and how they can be addressed by your physiotherapist.
1. Repetitive Motions
2. Tightness of Forearm Muscles
3. Shoulder Tightness
4. Neck Problems
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
Acute injuries show signs of active inflammation; a process that is helping your body to repair. At this time, the therapist needs to reduce physical stress, rest the area and use more gentle techniques that are aimed at ensuring that you get a complete repair. We need to create an environment where your body is allowed to go through the natural healing process that has already begun. And then introduce stresses in a stepwise fashion, when the injury is ready to tolerate increased loads.
Some techniques that can kick-start healing in a chronic tennis elbow are:
• Manual Therapy
• Shock Wave Therapy
EXERCISES FOR TENNIS ELBOW
1. WRIST EXTENSION STRETCH
2. WRIST FLEXION STRETCH
3. WRIST EXTENSION(STRENGTHNING)
4. WRIST FLEXION (ATRENGTHNING)
5. FOREARM SUPINATION AND PRONATION(STRENGTHNING)
6. STRESS BALL SQUEEZE
7. FINGER STRETCH