What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)?
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful inflammatory condition caused by overload or overuse of elbow tendons, which connects the muscles of your forearm to the bone at the elbow joint. Regardless of the name ”Tennis Elbow”, does not mean it only occurs in tennis players or other racquet players but also whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, knitters, painters, carpenters, and butchers. It can occur in people of any age, but it’s most common at age 40.
How to stop Elbow pain at the moment?
In the first few hours after the injury P.R.I.C.E principle may help you to stop the pain.
- P(Protection): Wearing the specialist brace, splint or support
- R(Rest): Rest is the most important part of the quick treatment, don’t move your arm too much and avoid opening heavy doors, using a screwdriver and gripping heavy things
- I(Ice): Apply the cold wrap
- C(compression): Apply compression wraps which limit the movement and keep the joint at its place(position)
- E(Elevation): Elevation of the forearm at a certain position
If pain is severe visit physical therapy in Clinton Township, MI and Physical therapists at Synergy Rehab are waiting to help you. Experienced Physical therapists at Synergy Rehab will give you treatment according to the severity of the case.
What treatments are available at Synergy Rehab?
Physical therapists at Synergy Rehab may choose different types of Electrotherapy equipment to treat the symptoms. These are commonly used techniques:
- Laser:It works by passing high-intensity light into the tendon to reduce inflammation, pain and encourage cell reproduction.
- Ultrasound:This includes passing high-frequency sound waves into the tissues. This vibrates the molecules and if that it is applied constantly or in pulses can create heat.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: It works by passing short however extraordinary energy waves into the tissues.
Professional Physical therapists at Synergy Rehab will treat with acupuncture if required. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for tennis elbow in some cases. Physical therapists insert needles of different lengths and diameters into specific points around the lower arm and encompassing zones and rotate them and then left in place for a few minutes and it modifies how pain signals are transmitted through the nerve pathways.
Corticosteroid drugs are injected into the round the area of the tendon attachment and not into the body of the tendon.
- Botox injection
- Nitric oxide donor therapy patches
- Autologous blood injection (Platelet-rich injection)
Physical therapists at Synergy Rehab will treat with exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles.
Tennis elbow stretching exercises
- Tennis elbow/wrist extensor stretch
Tennis elbow strengthening exercises
- Isometric wrist extension