Tennis Elbow is the common term for pain on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is a misnomer since the issue is simply a concern with the forearm tendons, and not everybody who develops the condition plays tennis! Tennis Elbow is typically a slow-developing condition due to the fact that it is an overuse injury that causes tendon degeneration. Excessive wrist extension, whether at work or in sports, is typically the cause.Do you want to learn more? Visit Vellore Chiropractic & Wellness Centre-Acupuncturist
So, what exactly does my diagnosis imply?
Tennis elbow is caused by repeated loading of the forearm muscles when the wrist is extended. If the tendon is overloaded, it can break down, resulting in micro tears and scarring. The pain in the forearm is the result of this. The repeated loading does not have to be severe in many situations. Many office staff, for example, experience this problem after improperly positioning their hand while using the mouse.
What am I supposed to do now?
STAGE ONE: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (0 DAYS – 1-2 WEEKS) Damage Control is the name of the game. Relaxation: Avoid engaging in activities that exacerbate the issue. If you can’t stop them, make changes to them to fix the problem. Your physiotherapist will give you instructions about how to do this. Ice: Apply ice to the affected area if needed to relieve pain and any secondary inflammation; do so for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Compression: Using a special brace, the amount of force that passes through the affected tendon is decreased, resulting in less pain. Seek medical help.
So, what’s next?
STAGE 2: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT The goal of treatment is to allow the dysfunctional tendon to recover and return strength to the injured forearm as the pain subsides and becomes less of a problem. At this stage, the Physiotherapist can use Manual Therapy as a treatment option. In addition, to complete the repair process, an exercise programme will be implemented that will focus on eccentric strengthening, which is a type of forearm strengthening that you may not have seen before.
RETURN TO NORMAL FUNCTION IN STAGE 3 At this point, much of the discomfort should have subsided. The next step is to return to normal function, with the help of your Physiotherapist, so that you don’t go back to a behaviour that causes you to regress – i.e. aggravates the issue. It’s also crucial to examine the things you’ve been doing that might have led to the discomfort in the first place, and to make sure any improper methods are corrected. If a return to sport is required, the strength training and physiotherapy will be continued until pain-free performance is reached. At this stage, technique adjustment can also play a role.