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Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that affects the elbow joint. It is characterized by pain on the outside of the elbow, and it is typically caused by repetitive use, or overload, of the extensor forearm muscles. Although it is commonly associated with tennis players, tennis elbow can affect anyone who performs repetitive activities that strain the forearm muscles and tendons.

Causes

Tennis elbow is caused by the repetitive loading of the forearm muscles and the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle, a bony bump on the outer part of the elbow. This overloading can cause pain and inflammation in the common attachment area. Common activities that can cause tennis elbow include playing tennis, painting, typing, and using hand tools. It is also possible to develop tennis elbow as a result of a sudden injury, such as a fall or a blow to the elbow.

Symptoms

The main symptom of tennis elbow is pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. This pain may be sharp or dull and may radiate down the forearm. The pain is usually worse when the forearm is used, especially with gripping activities, and it may be accompanied by weakness or stiffness in the elbow or wrist.

Therapy

A rehab program is essential in the management of Tennis Elbow. Therapy may include a variety of techniques, such as manual therapy, stretching, and exercise. Manual therapy involves the therapist using their hands to manipulate the affected area, which can help to reduce pain and improve function. This may also include taping techniques and splinting. As part of your rehab program your therapist may require you

A proper assessment of your condition can identify any underlying causes, and treatments to address them can be included in you rehab program. This may involve factors such as neck involvement, possible neural contributions, postural considerations and global upper limb kinetics and function.

Read our complete blog on tennis elbow here that covers all aspect of this condition.

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