Understanding Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that causes pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow is not limited to tennis players and can affect anyone who repeatedly uses their forearm muscles.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is typically caused by overuse or repetitive motion of the forearm muscles, leading to small tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone. The condition commonly occurs due to:
- Repetitive gripping and twisting motions
- Improper technique during sports activities
- Poor ergonomics at work
- Excessive keyboard or mouse use
- Heavy lifting or carrying objects
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow symptoms may develop gradually and worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Outer elbow pain and tenderness
- Weak grip strength
- Pain when lifting or bending the arm
- Pain that radiates down the forearm
- Difficulty in gripping or holding objects
Treating Tennis Elbow
At Sheridan Movement Studios, we understand the impact of tennis elbow on your daily life and are committed to helping you find relief. Our comprehensive approach encompasses:
1. Physical Therapy
Our experienced physical therapists will assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan. Manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, can help reduce pain and improve mobility in the affected area. We will also guide you through specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the forearm muscles, promoting healing and preventing future injuries.
2. Ergonomics Evaluation
Our experts will evaluate your work setup and provide ergonomic recommendations to minimize strain on your forearm muscles. Simple adjustments to your desk height, chair position, and equipment usage can make a significant difference in relieving pain and preventing further damage.
3. Activity Modification
We will work with you to identify and modify any activities or sports movements that may be aggravating your condition. By making appropriate modifications and providing guidance on proper technique, we help you continue your favorite activities without worsening your symptoms.
4. Pain Management
If necessary, we may use pain management techniques like ultrasound therapy or electrical stimulation to alleviate pain and facilitate healing. Our goal is to provide you with effective pain relief while addressing the underlying causes of tennis elbow.
Preventing Tennis Elbow
Prevention is crucial when it comes to tennis elbow. Here are some recommendations to reduce your risk of developing this condition:
- Warm up properly before any physical activity
- Use appropriate equipment and ensure a proper fit
- Practice proper technique in sports and various activities
- Take frequent breaks and avoid overexertion
- Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your activities
- Strengthen your forearm muscles through targeted exercises
- Maintain good overall fitness and flexibility
Contact Sheridan Movement Studios for Tennis Elbow Relief
If you are experiencing arm pain and suspect it may be tennis elbow, our team of skilled professionals at Sheridan Movement Studios is here to help. We offer a comprehensive approach to treatment and rehabilitation, focusing on long-term relief and prevention. Don't let tennis elbow hold you back! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.