Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Pain occurs on the outside of the elbow and is caused by an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the lateral elbow caused by overuse.
It is a common injury of tennis players as these individuals repeat the same motions again and again/ this occurs during a tennis ground stroke, for example.
The muscle which attaches to the lateral elbow becomes weakened from overuse and microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches to the lateral elbow.
Athletes are not the only people who get tennis elbow. It’s also a very common injury for painters, plumbers, and carpenters. Our Rego Park physical therapists typically have excellent results with these types of injuries. Call today 718-866-3738 our physical therapists at Total Medical Physical Therapy are here to help.
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What Is Tennis Elbow Or Lateral Epicondylitis?
Most people have heard the term tennis elbow use to describe a painful condition around the outside of the elbow and the lower arm. Tennis elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis as it is known in the medical profession is a pain on the outside of the elbow caused by irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow itself. The condition and the pain is normally caused by overuse. In more severe cases of tennis elbow you may have difficulty in lifting or gripping things. Tennis elbow normally affects people between the age of 30 and 50.
In minor cases of tennis elbow doctor intervention is not needed to the treat the condition. In more serious cases of Lateral Epicondylitis doctor intervention may be necessary to help you heal and regain strength and mobility in your the area surrounding your arm. Minor cases of tennis elbow respond well to rest, icing the area and by avoiding completely bending or straightening your elbow all the way until area heals. Over the counter medications may help to alleviate pain. Of course you should avoid the activities that caused the condition in the first place.
Completely ignoring the problem or continuing the activity before your elbow has healed will only cause more pain and a worsening of the condition and may result in what is known as chronic tennis elbow. If you find that normal home treatments are not working or if the condition returns then it may be time to get professional help.
When you visit your doctor he may begin by asking you a variety of questions like:
- • When did the symptoms begin?
- • Are there certain motions or activities that make the pain better or worse?
- • Have you had recent injuries to your elbow?
- • Do you have arthritis?
He may then have you move your arms in various ways to determine where the pain is located. Should your doctor decide he may run other tests to determine if the injury could be due to something else.
Getting Help From A Tennis Elbow Therapist
Your doctor may advise you to see the assistance of a therapist to deal with your Lateral Epicondylitis. Make sure that you find a treatment center or physical therapist that has experience in treating tennis elbow. Some therapy treatment centers hold clinics on various conditions for the benefit of their patients. If the treatment center you choose has a tennis elbow clinic make the time to go so you can better understand the condition and what you can do to help in the healing process.
Your physical therapist will not only provide treatment for you during scheduled treatment appointments, but will also provide you with a treatment plan to follow at home.
Depending on the severity of your tennis elbow the healing process can take from several days to several weeks or even months to properly heal. Sticking with your therapy is the best way to completely heal your tennis elbow and return the activities that you normally do.