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Tennis elbow anyone?

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by Herbin Samarumaraj

Tennis elbow

Detailed examination of the elbow.

Tennis elbow.  It’s one of the most common yet complex musculoskeletal conditions affecting the elbow.  The name might make you thing the condition is caused by playing tennis.  In actual fact, studies shows it is more common in work related activities than in tennis players.

The typical symptoms are pain in the outside of the elbow and forearm while gripping, wringing, shaking hands, and straightening your elbow.  It tends to flare up with repetitive wrist and hand motions (typing, sewing, crafting).  It can also easily be set off by long hours of strong gripping (hammer, tool use etc).  The earlier you seek treatment, the faster the recovery.

“Prevention is better than cure “

Some measures to prevent tennis elbow

  • Work related activity: stop doing the activity that is causing pain, rest and ice the area of pain. 
  • Racquet sports: Warm up and cool down; avoid over straining the wrist and elbow; use a lighter weight racquet with an oversized grip; use a tennis elbow splint during activity; maintain good strength and flexibility of forearm muscles.

In my 15 years of practice I have treated many patients with tennis elbow.  It requires 3-6 sessions of treatment and some homework. I incorporate various therapeutic measures after a careful assessment.   Treatment may include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, taping and acupuncture.  Your homework will almost definitely include strength and movement training. 


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