What is Tennis Elbow?
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as Tennis Elbow, is the most common overuse syndrome in the elbow. It is an injury involving the extensor muscles of the forearm.
Lateral epicondylitis affects 1-3% of the population, with those 35-50 years old most commonly being affected. It occurs often in repetitive upper extremity activities such as computer use, heavy lifting, forceful forearm pronation and supination, and repetitive vibration. People with repetitive one-side movements in their jobs such as electricians, carpenters, gardeners also commonly present with this condition.
Symptoms last, on average, from 2 weeks to 2 years. 89% of the patients recover within 1 year without any treatment except perhaps avoidance of the painful movements.
How did it happen?
Lateral epicondylitis is classified as an overuse injury. Overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and elbow together with repetitive contractions or manual tasks can put too much strain on the elbow tendons. These contractions or manual tasks require manipulation of the hand that causes maladaptions in tendon structure that lead to pain over the lateral epicondyle.
Physiotherapy for Tennis Elbow
- Advice and Education: pain control, activity modification
- Manual Therapy: soft tissue release, joint glides
- Strengthening Exercises
- Electrophysical Agents: Ultrasound, Tens, Shockwave
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