Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury causing pain in the outside of the elbow. This condition is caused by repeated bending back (extension) and turning (rotation) of the forearm and wrist muscles. Repeated and forceful activities such as turning a screw driver, chopping food, and swinging a tennis racquet, can lead to tennis elbow.
The elbow is formed by 3 bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), and the 2 bones of the forearm (radius and ulna). There are many muscles that cross the elbow and wrist to complete the detailed movements of the arm and hand. Muscles in the forearm involved in tennis elbow include the wrist extensors which bend the wrist back, and the supinator which turns your palm upwards.
The lateral epicondyle is the part of the upper arm bone where forearm muscles attach. Tennis elbow may involve tiny tears in tendons that attach to the outside of the elbow, resulting in irritation and pain.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and burning at the outside of the elbow, and this pain usually starts gradually and without an injury. Tennis elbow can also cause difficulty lifting or grasping objects, and any repeated movement of the wrist and elbow.
Preventing tennis elbow can include using proper technique and equipment, avoiding repeated movements when able, and including stretching and strengthening of the arms in your fitness routine.
To treat tennis elbow we use a combination of Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, Laser Therapy and Dry Needling to decrease the muscle tightness and help with tendon healing. Typically a patient will receive treatment twice per week for two weeks followed by specific exercises like isometric and eccentric elbow exercises to further promote healing and to strength the muscles and tendons. If you have been suffering from Tennis Elbow give our office a call at (703) 912-7822 or visit us at Chiropractor in Burke, VA.