Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis
Symptoms: Point tenderness/pain on the outside of the elbow that may extend down the top of the forearm. Most commonly an overuse injury that develops over time. Most of the time the on-set is related to an increase in activity or repetitive stress. Weakness and pain can be elicited by turning a door knob, extending the wrist/fingers, or extending the elbow
Causes: Onset is usually gradual and increases in severity over time with use. It can be caused by activities such as hammering, backhand tennis shot, golf, or activities that cause an Eccentric (lengthening) of the forarm tendons.
Relief: Repairing the tendon and muscle involve gentle stretching, soft tissue mobility techniques performed by the therapist, joint mobilization to decrease stiffness/pain, Anti-inflammatory medications delivered through phonophorisis (ultrasound) or Iontophorisis (medicated patch) may be performed. Modifying the activity or resting the extremity may be recommended to allow healing to occur. Your therapist may recommend and fit you for a supportive brace to help support the extremity.