Posted by Dynamic Physiotherapy
Our joints can be delicate, and require lots of care. Tennis elbow is a common condition caused by strain, often due to overuse (hence the name!). Those who have tennis elbow suffer from pain around the outer elbow due to damaged tendons.
The severity of tennis elbow can vary, and painkillers can be used to manage the pain. If the elbow is rested, symptoms usually improve over time. Tennis elbow symptoms are painful though, and can make simple tasks difficult. It can even be hard to straighten your arm fully, impeding mobility and interrupting your day-to-day life.
Despite the name, tennis elbow isn’t only caused by playing tennis, although that could certainly be the culprit for some people. Any manual labour that requires a wringing or twisting motion in the arms can lead to overuse and can damage the tendons. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint a cause, as wear and tear can occur slowly over time.
In the case of tennis elbow, rest is usually recommended. If you can identify the activity that lead to the condition, that activity should be ceased. Avoiding lifting heavy objects, and any other gripping or twisting movements is also advised. Often symptoms will disappear after a period of rest.
Other treatments include icing the elbow, or painkillers (taken orally, or a topical cream or gel). While painkillers relieve discomfort and pain, they don’t do much to actually heal the condition.
Sometimes however, extra help is needed to alleviate the symptoms of tennis elbow. Perhaps your job requires manual labour and it’s difficult to rest the joint. Or perhaps your symptoms aren’t responding to rest. In this case, a physiotherapist can help you to further manage and reduce pain.
Physiotherapists have many techniques at their disposal for relieving tennis elbow. Results may not occur right away, but should promote healing over time. Physiotherapists can use several different techniques to relieve tennis elbow and help you manage pain. Massage, for example, can be used to alleviate pain and stiffness and promote blood flow to the area.
Braces and supports may also be worn to protect the elbow and keep it still during the healing process.
When you consult with a physiotherapist, they will tailor a program for you according to your specific needs and medical history. At Dynamic Physiotherapy we offer safe, personal rehabilitation facilitated and performed by highly trained, regulated healthcare professionals.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow, we can help relieve you of pain, and begin the healing process! Contact us today for more information.