Conditions Profile: Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the wrist extensors. Pain is felt either at rest, while gripping, twisting, lifting, or when extending the wrist. It can be caused by racket sports, or strenuous everyday activities that involve twisting the forearm repetitively. Tennis elbow is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 30 and 60, and is equally common between men and women. Micro tears in the extensor muscles near their insertion is the underlying cause of pain, and the tears can take over a year to heal without treatment.
There are a variety of treatment options for tennis elbow. On the chiropractic side, Active Release Techniques, Graston, and IMS (needling) are often enough to fix tennis elbow within a couple of weeks. For cases where that therapy falls short of completely resolving the issue, Shockwave Therapy has also been shown to effectively treat tennis elbow.
Physiotherapy is another effective avenue for tennis elbow sufferers. Manual therapy combined with specific stretching and strengthening protocols can be of great benefit in resolving tough cases. As with the chiropractic course of treatment, Shockwave can also be helpful.