Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) is a type of tendinitis – swelling of the tendons – that causes pain in the elbow and arm. These tendons are bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone. Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if you’ve never been near a tennis court. Instead, any repetitive gripping activities, especially if they use the thumb and first two fingers, may contribute to tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is the most common reason that people see Perth Chiro Centre for elbow pain.

The Causes of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow usually develops over time. Repetitive motions, like gripping a racket during a swing can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. That constant tugging can eventually cause microscopic tears in the tissue.

Tennis elbow might result from anything that you continually grip an object;

  • Sport (tennis, squash, weight lifting)
  • Carpentry
  • Typing
  • Painting
  • Raking
  • Knitting

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

The symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow, where the injured tendons connect to the bone. The pain may also radiate into the upper or lower arm. Although the damage is in the elbow, you’re likely to hurt when doing things with your hands.

Tennis elbow may cause the most pain when you:

  • Lift something (it could be as simple a task as lifting a coffee mug)
  • Make a fist or grip an object, such as a tennis racket
  • Open a door or shake hands
  • Raise your hand or straighten your wrist

Tennis elbow is similar to another condition called golfer’s elbow, which affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow.

To diagnose your tennis elbow, your chiropractor will do a thorough exam and orthopedic testing. You may also need imaging tests, such as an ultrsound or MRI to diagnose tennis elbow or rule out other problems.

One of the several treatments that are often used to combat tennis elbow is

Graston Technique

How It Works

The Graston Technique utilizes various surgical steel instruments to physically break down scar tissue in different parts of the body by cross frictional massage. Pressure is applied with the surgical steel instrument and moved in such a way that the underlying tissue is released and broken down to help with problems like inflammation and range of motion difficulties. The pressure is controlled by your therapist, and the end goal is pain relief and regaining the function of the area.

Who Needs It?

The Graston Technique is usually reserved for people who have suffered scar tissue build up from a previous injury or from using incorrect body mechanics over a prolonged period of time. The resulting limitations can often be smoothed out using the Graston Technique as a form of treatment. The Graston Technique can be helpful for athletes, office workers, students, laborers or anyone else who has sustained an injury where scar tissue is a factor.

Does It Hurt?

You’re most likely going to feel some level of discomfort when receiving the Graston Technique. That level will vary depending on the patient and amount of pressure required to break up the scar tissue, but there is usually some bruising and soreness during and after the treatment. A typical Graston Technique treatment might last anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes. We recommend icing affected areas at home for about 20 minutes after your treatment.

Will It Work for Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is one of the conditions that the Graston Technique has been used on effectively. It isn’t always the prescribed treatment, but it can help break up scar tissue that’s built up from the condition.  Some of the other problems that the Graston Technique is used for include: Achilles tendonitis, back pain, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and rotator cuff tendonitis.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is also a very effective treatment of tennis elbow. This technique is similar to acupuncture. The insertion of needles at varying lengths and points are thought to alter the way pain signals are transmitted by nerve pathways. Dry Needling is also used to break up the scar tissue formation that has built up over time from tennis elbow.

If you suffer from tennis elbow, call Perth Chiro Centre today on 9342 1211 or Book Online Now and start on your road to recovery.

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