Tennis elbow, not just in tennis players
Tennis allows for people of all ages to be fit and stay active. Like many sports, tennis can be enjoyed year-round.
As the summer months roll on, taking advantage of outdoor activities is invaluable. Tennis allows for people of all ages to be fit and stay active. Like many sports, tennis can be enjoyed year-round. However, as we maximize the warmer months it is imperative to continually take care of our bodies. One of the most common injuries associated with tennis, as its nickname states, is tennis elbow.
The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis; an inflammation of the wrist extensor muscles which is generally caused from overuse. The laymen term ‘tennis elbow’ was coined because of the repetitive motion of tennis players swinging their racket. However, any activity that uses excessive wrist and elbow motion can be the cause. Movements such as the back swing, painting, frisbee throwing, even holding a baby carrier can all contribute to tennis elbow. Ultimately, the motion responsible for this pain is due to gripping or wrist extension.
Seeking diagnosis is important in addressing any injury. Like most injuries, tennis elbow is diagnosed by asking a series of questions regarding the origin of the pain or when it is happening. A physical assessment is then completed to test the range of motion, pain and strength. The combination of the two will confirm the diagnosis. Once a verbal account has been given, a physical exam is used to pinpoint tenderness over the wrist extensor muscle and the tendon region.
- bracing (wrist brace, elbow sleeve)
- ice and/or heat
- Physiotherapy (stretching and strengthening)
- dry needling
Being aware of tennis elbow and its effects allows you stay in the game stronger and longer. Set up a tennis screening today or book an appointment for an evaluation by visiting our WEBSITE or calling 905-332-3800.