Tennis Elbow

(wikipedia) Lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylalgia, known colloquially as tennis elbow, shooter’s elbow, and archer’s elbow or simply lateral elbow pain, is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. Since the pathogenesis of this condition is still unknown, there is no single agreed name. While the common name “tennis elbow” suggests a strong link to racquet sports, this condition can also be caused by sports such as swimming and climbing, the work of manual workers and waiters, playing guitar and similar instruments, as well as activities of daily living.[1][2]

Tennis elbow is an overuse injury occurring in the lateral side of the elbow region, but more specifically it occurs at the common extensor tendon that originates from the lateral epicondyle. The acute pain that a person might feel occurs when they fully extend their arm.


Causes & Treatment

Lateral elbow conditions can be caused by various activities that involve repetitive or forceful wrist extension, gripping and or supination. Some common examples include, driving golf balls, tennis backhands, yard work, manual labor ,weightlifting, etc.

Our office treats this tendonosis by eliminating adhesions and fibrosis of the common flexor tendon where it inserts to the elbow. This is done by using Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, stretching and ultimately a strength and stabilization program.

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