Tennis & Golfers Elbow Treatment
Expert treatment for Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow, tailored to the unique needs of our clients in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and surrounding areas. Our approach to managing this common yet often debilitating condition combines advanced therapy techniques with a deep understanding of our clients' lifestyles and activities.
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What is Tennis and Golfers Elbow?
Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis/epicondylopathy) and Golfer's Elbow (medial epicondylitis/epicondylopathy) are conditions that stem from the overuse of forearm tendons.
Tennis Elbow primarily affects the tendons attached to the outer elbow, often associated with repetitive wrist and arm motions, while Golfer's Elbow impacts the tendons connected to the inner elbow, typically resulting from similar repetitive motions.
Both conditions are common in athletes and individuals whose activities involve repetitive forearm movements, leading to pain and discomfort in the affected areas.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow can present a range of symptoms that vary in intensity from person to person. Common indicators of this condition include:
Pain and Tenderness: Often felt on the outside of the elbow, especially during certain activities.
Stiffness: A sensation of stiffness in the elbow, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
Weakness: Difficulty in performing tasks that involve gripping or lifting, due to a decrease in grip strength.
Radiating Pain: Pain that extends from the elbow down the forearm to the wrist, often exacerbated by specific movements.
Common Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is typically caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to strain and microtears in the tendons attached to the lateral epicondyle (outer part of the elbow).
Activities that involve repetitive wrist and arm motions can lead to tennis elbow. This is common in sports like tennis, but also in various professions and hobbies.
Unfortunately, as we age there is naturally more wear and tear. Both Tennis and Golfers elbow is common among adults between 30 and 50 years old.
Jobs that require repetitive motions of the wrist and arm, such as plumbing, painting, carpentry, or computer use, can increase the risk.
Engaging in racket sports, particularly if using improper stroke technique, can contribute to the development of tennis elbow.
Tennis Elbow Diagnosis
The diagnosis of Tennis Elbow involves a combination of clinical evaluation and specific tests. The process typically includes:
A thorough examination of the elbow to assess pain, stiffness, and any swelling. The doctor may apply pressure to the affected area or ask the patient to move their elbow, wrist, and fingers in various ways.
Understanding the patient's medical history, including any activities or occupations that could contribute to the condition.
While not always necessary, imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound might be used to rule out other conditions or to get a detailed view of the elbow's condition.
Assessing the strength and flexibility of the forearm muscles and tendons.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow aims to relieve pain and restore the normal functioning of the elbow. Treatment options include:
Rest and Ice: Reducing activities that exacerbate the pain and using ice packs to reduce inflammation.
Physical Therapy: Engaging in exercises and stretches to strengthen the forearm muscles.
Pain Relief Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
Braces or Straps: Wearing a brace or strap to reduce strain on the injured tendon.
Steroid Injections: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used for short-term pain relief.
Professional Treatments at SoCo Therapies
At SoCo Therapies, we recognize that Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow arise from the overuse of forearm tendons. These conditions are often linked to repetitive hand movements or activities like playing musical instruments or certain sports. Our targeted approach to treating these conditions includes:
Massage Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Self-Care Tips for Tennis Elbow
Maintaining elbow health and preventing recurrence is key. Here are a few ways that can help:
Regular Exercise Strengthening and stretching exercises for the forearm muscles.
Ensuring correct form and technique in sports and activities.
Modifying work and activity setups to reduce strain on the elbow.
Regular breaks during activities that involve repetitive arm movements.
Following these guidelines can help in managing and preventing Tennis and Golfers elbow effectively.