Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common term used for what is medically known as lateral epicondylitis. It is a condition caused by overuse of forearm and hand muscles that results in pain on the outside of your elbow when you are gripping and lifting objects. You don’t have to play tennis to have this problem. The term came into use because it can be a significant problem for some tennis players.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is medically known as medial epicondylitis. It is a condition that causes pain on the inner side of your elbow. Reasons for this occurring are similar to that of tennis elbow where there is an overuse of the muscles. The pain may spread into your forearm and wrist. Golfer’s elbow is not limited just to golfers. People who repeatedly use their wrists or clench their fingers can also develop golfer’s elbow.
How our physiotherapists can help
Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow can be treated very effectively with physiotherapy. Both of these injuries are a result of repetitive strain attributed to a variety of different tasks, not just the sports they are named after. Modalities such as ultrasound, interferential current, laser and acupuncture can assist with reducing inflammation in the irritated tendons. Furthermore, hands-on therapy for the tissues and joints will help to restore normal joint movement, break up any scar adhesions in the tissue and bring circulation to the area to promote healing.
As the pain subsides, the focus is shifted to making sure proper range of motion in the elbow and wrist are returned to normal. Gentle strengthening programs are started to help support the affected area and regain your strength. In addition, we will educate you on proper posture and techniques to manage work and repetitive activities so the condition does not return. Book an appointment today to discover how we can help relieve your tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow pain!