Tennis & Golfer's Elbow
Tennis elbow, clinically known as lateral epicondylitis, is when the muscle tendons in the forearm responsible for controlling the extension action of the wrist become irritated and inflamed. The inflammation usually occurs at the point where the tendons attach onto the outer part of the elbow. Pain can also be present in the bone itself. That’s the dull ‘toothache’ pain that tends to be there all the time, worse at night, and the acutely disproportionate nauseating wave of pain that immediately kicks in as you accidently misjudge the door frame you just passed through!
Tennis elbow tends to arise as a result of over-use or repetitive strain activities or sports such as tennis, however, many times a tennis elbow sufferer has never played tennis! More often the onset of pain is after prolonged keyboard use or a change in normal activities.
How Bridgeham can help
At Bridgeham we have seen numerous cases of tennis elbow and would recommend seeing one of our osteopaths for this condition. The osteopaths can assess the elbow joint and severity of inflammation and treat with a combination of articulation, soft tissue massage, ultrasound, manipulation and acupuncture if required. The osteopath can also assess the rest of your posture including shoulder, neck & head positioning which often influences tennis elbow cause and recovery.
Tennis elbow symptoms vary between individuals and so recovery doesn’t always depend on severity of pain. However with an average tendinitis (inflammation of the tendon) we would expect to see an improvement in symptoms within the first two-three treatments which likely fall over a two-three week period. Symptoms and patient reports will be recorded on each visit along with pain scales in order to track improvements. Treatments may be spaced further than one week apart as improvement continues. We would normally expect tennis elbow symptoms to fully recover in around 8-10 weeks. Along with the treatments in clinic we would also often advise on home exercises, use of supports and strategies to continue improvements between visits. There are times when tennis elbow can arise from repetitive movement habits, daily challenges or posture. If this is the case we would continue the recovery journey with our Pilates team can help to address this by increasing your awareness and top tips to prevent re-occurrence of the symptoms.
“My tennis elbow started when I was about 17 years old from playing badminton and went on for about 2 years forcing me to consider giving it up. However, the osteopaths at Bridgeham have made it possible for me to continue playing and not suffer in pain for doing so!” – Miss W