Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse that is repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
• Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow. Less often,
pain may develop suddenly.
• Pain is worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects.
• Pain is made worse by stabilising or moving the wrist with force.
Examples include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and fork.
Diagnosis & Treatment:
Diagnosis: diagnosis is done by the physiotherapist on the basis of
symptoms and Investigations are done by medical tests and treatment
To diagnose your tennis elbow, your doctor will do a thorough exam. He or she will want you to flex your arm, wrist, and elbow to see where it hurts.
You may also need imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to diagnose tennis elbow or rule out other problems
Treatment: We at Physio Kare suggest Physiotherapy treatment that includes gentle mobilisation of your neck and elbow joints, electrotherapy, elbow kinesio taping, muscle stretches, neural mobilisations, massage and strengthening.
Goals of treatment:
• To reduce pain
• To reduce inflammation
• To increase joint mobility
• Restore the level of function you had before the injury
• Increase muscle strength
• Promote healing
• Decrease stress and abuse of the injured elbow, and
• Allow full use of the arm.