When many people hear the term “tennis elbow,” they assume it is a condition that only athletes and avid tennis players experience. However, many patients with this injury have never stepped foot onto a tennis court. It’s actually a common injury for people who work in office settings and spend countless hours in front of a computer. What causes tennis elbow and where can you get physiotherapy treatment for tennis elbow? Here’s everything you need to know.
Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis (swelling of the tendons) that causes pain in the arm and elbow. The tendons affected are the bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone. Despite the sporty name, you can get tennis elbow even if you’ve never played tennis. The condition is caused by repetitive gripping activities, especially those that use the thumb and the first two fingers. It is the most common reason why people see their doctor for elbow pain. Although tennis elbow can happen to anyone, it is most common in people around the age of 40.
Tennis elbow is a condition that develops slowly overtime from repetitive motions. These repetitive motions can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. Microscopic tears in the tissues can form from that constant tugging. Sports such as tennis, squash, racquetball, fencing, and weightlifting can cause tennis elbow, but people who do not play sports can also be affected. People with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive arm movements or gripping can also suffer from this condition. These activities may include carpentry, painting, raking, typing, or knitting.
For many people, tennis elbow treatment begins at home. You can rest your arm and avoid activities that make the pain worse. You can use ice or cold packs several times a day to reduce the soreness in the area or take hot baths. You can also wear a brace when you need to twist or grip something.
Unfortunately, some people continue to experience pain and discomfort despite their efforts to treat their condition at home. In this case, you should seek physiotherapy for tennis elbow. Physiotherapists or chiropractors will treat tennis elbow by using soft tissue release to relax the muscles and decrease the pull on the tendon. They may also perform stretching exercises, strengthening exercises or may suggest acupuncture or dry needling. Shockwave therapy is also another option to treat tennis elbow. It uses a form of sound energy to break down the scar tissue in the area and stimulate a faster healing response.
Physiotherapy combined with your home exercise program and massage therapy will provide the best elbow pain relief without having to use pain medication. This combined treatment plan will soften the tissues in the forearm and relieve any tension in the upper arm, neck, and upper back.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow, don’t wait too long before you seek treatment. Working with a professional physiotherapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist will provide you with the techniques and treatment necessary to care for your injury. The more emphasis you put on treating your tennis elbow, the sooner you will experience healing and increased mobility.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain, physical health conditions, and injuries. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill/Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first tennis elbow therapy consultation and treatment.
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