Evidence-Based Health Care For Optimal Health & Functioning

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is known in the medical community as Lateral Epicondylitis. This is a caused by overuse of the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers often in athletes who play tennis and/or golf. This condition is also prevalent in occupations such as auto workers, painters, plumbers, carpenters,  cooks, and butchers to name a few.

The main culprit in this scenario is usually the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB). The job of the ECRB is extension and abduction of the wrist. Repetitive use of the muscle causes weakness and microscopic tears in the tendon where it inserts on the lateral epicondyle, leading to inflammation and pain.

Symptoms of this condition include:

– pain and tenderness to touch on outer part of elbow

– pain radiating to mid humerus (upper arm)

– pain when lifting or extending wrist back

– painful/weakened grip

To reduce your likelihood of developing or exacerbating this condition, proper warm-up and stretching before as well as cool-down and stretching after activity is strongly encouraged. Ice can be applied for temporary relief in between treatment visits.

Some common treatments and modalities include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Cold laser
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Traditional acupuncture / contemporary medical acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Brace
Treatment type and duration can vary depending on the severity of the condition and should be evaluated by your health care provider. If left untreated, surgery may be indicated down the road.

Contact me for further details regarding evaluation and treatment for this painful condition. Let’s get you back in the game, pain free!

Dr. Rashaad

Posted on March 27th, 2012 [Activity, Chiropractic, Exercise, Fitness, Golf, Health and Wellness, Injury, Pain, Sports]