Lateral Epicondylitis also known as Tennis Elbow is a common source of lateral elbow pain (see image). It is most common between the ages of 45 and 54 but can be seen anywhere between 30 and 64 years of age.
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive and forceful activity resulting in microtrauma, the pain is usually worse with extension (contraction of the muscles involved). This is worse with activity and relieved with rest.
Do I have tennis elbow?
Normally the patient will have a delayed onset within 24-72 hours after a repeated wrist extension exercise / activity. They can sometimes pinpoint the pain about 1.5cm distal from the elbow and it can sometimes refer down the back of the elbow.
The pain is worse with extension of the wrist, which can be seen in activities such as a backhand in tennis or an overuse injury from a screwdriver.
How do we manage the pain?
The majority of cases can be effectively managed without surgery as it is usually a self-limited process (goes away without treatment) . Approximately 90% of patients will recover within 1 year without surgery.
At Walter Road Chiropractic we use a variety of treatment methods to help reduce pain and also strengthen certain issues that may have caused the problem, these include:
- Rehabilitation of the muscles
- Soft tissue therapy
- Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- Dry Needling with or without electrostim.
- Adjustments / mobilizations to the affected area.
- Kinesiology / rigid taping.