Tennis Elbow: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

June 7, 2024
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Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that affects many people, not just tennis players. Typically it causes pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow which often makes it difficult to perform simple tasks such as lifting or shaking hands. At Bayswater Chiropractic, our experienced chiropractors, Dr. Mark Beovich and Dr. Alex O’Shaughnessy, provide treatments to help you find relief from tennis elbow and get back to your daily activities.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow typically occurs when the tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, any activity that involves repetitive arm movements, such as painting, typing, or even gardening, can lead to tennis elbow.

The main structure involved in tennis elbow is the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) tendon, which helps stabilize the wrist when the elbow is extended. Overuse of this tendon can lead to microscopic tears, inflammation, and pain.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Common symptoms of tennis elbow include:

  • Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
  • Weak grip strength
  • Pain that worsens with forearm activity
  • Stiffness in the elbow joint

These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or suddenly.

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options available for tennis elbow, and the best approach depends on the severity of your condition and your individual needs. At Bayswater Chiropractic, we offer a range of therapies designed to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function. Here are some treatment options for tennis elbow:

1. Rest and Activity Modification

Rest is crucial to allow the injured tendon to heal. Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, and try to modify your movements to reduce stress on the elbow.

2. Ice Therapy

Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. It’s recommended to ice the elbow for 15-20 minutes several times a day.

3. Rehab Exercises

Our Chiropractors can guide you through exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around your elbow. These exercises can improve flexibility and reduce the strain on the tendons.

4. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may help improve joint function and reduce pain. Our chiropractors, Dr. Mark Beovich and Dr. Alex O’Shaughnessy, are skilled in providing targeted treatment to alleviate the symptoms of tennis elbow.

5. Cold Laser Therapy

At Bayswater Chiropractic, we offer cold laser therapy as a cutting-edge treatment for tennis elbow. This non-invasive therapy uses low-level laser light to penetrate the skin and stimulate cellular repair. It can reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing, and provide pain relief. Cold laser therapy is a safe and effective option for those looking to avoid more invasive treatments.

6. Bracing

Using a brace or a forearm strap can help relieve pressure on the tendons, providing support and reducing pain during activities.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. However, they should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

8. Injections

In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce severe inflammation. These should be considered only after other treatments have failed to provide relief and discussed with a healthcare professional.

Where to from here?

Tennis elbow can be a painful and frustrating condition, but with the right treatment, you can find relief and get back to your normal activities. At Bayswater Chiropractic we are committed to providing personalised care to help you recover from tennis elbow.

Disclaimer: This blog post provides general information about tennis elbow and its treatments and is not intended as medical advice. For personalised treatment and recommendations, please consult with a healthcare professional.

If you’re struggling with tennis elbow, don’t hesitate to contact Bayswater Chiropractic. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Beovich or Dr. Alex O’Shaughnessy today and take the first step towards recovery.