Though the name has ‘Tennis’ in it, yet the condition ‘Tennis Elbow’ isn’t limited to only the tennis players. This painful condition can happen to anyone whose jobs feature repetitive motions of the wrist and arm such as plumbers, carpenters, painters, butchers, etc.
At Legend Physiotherapy, we have handpicked renowned physiotherapists who specialize in Tennis Elbow treatments. We assess each patient with the utmost precision and develop a personalized approach to treating Tennis Elbow pain.
What Are The Causes of Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow pain takes place when the tendons in your elbow are overloaded. The pain occurs where the tendons of your forearm muscles are connected to a bony bump located on the outside of the elbow. The pain originates in the elbow but it gradually spreads to your forearm and wrist. The common factors that cause Tennis Elbow are:
- Repeated contraction of forearm muscles
Tennis Elbow often occurs when there is a repeated contraction of forearm muscles. You are most likely to use the forearm muscles to straighten and raise your hand and waist. The repeated stress and motion to the tissue can cause a series of tiny tears in the tendons thereby causing exorbitant pain.
Playing tennis is obviously one of the most common reasons for Tennis Elbow. But other activities that involve the repeated bending of elbows and twisting of wrists can also cause Tennis Elbow.
- Activities that involve the contraction of forearm muscles
As mentioned earlier, athletes aren’t the only people who suffer from Tennis Elbow. It can happen to anyone participating in recreational activities that involve the vigorous and repeated use of the forearm muscles of the hand and wrist.
Thus, carpenters, painters and plumbers are always at a higher risk of getting this condition. According to studies, even auto workers, butchers and cooks can develop this painful condition.
Usually, people between the ages of 30 and 50 are prone to developing this condition. However, age hardly matters if you face any of the risk factors such as improper stroke techniques and inappropriate equipment in tennis.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms caused by this condition take time to develop. The pain begins at a mild stage but eventually worsens over weeks and months. The common signs and symptoms of Tennis Elbow are:
- Weak grip strength
- Pain or a burning sensation on the elbow’s outer part
- Pain at night
What is the role of physiotherapy in treating Tennis Elbow?
In Tennis Elbow, your forearm muscles tend to lose their normal strength and flexibility. This is where the role of physiotherapy comes into play. Physiotherapy intends t improve the strength and flexibility of your forearm muscles thereby getting you rid of Tennis Elbow pain. The right physiotherapist such as the one at Legend Physiotherapy can also teach you to change your tennis activity.
Daily physical therapy improves blood flow to the tendons. These tendons do not get the same amount of oxygen supply and blood as the other muscles usually receive. From easing the pain to relieving the pain, our physiotherapists help you out with everything.
Why choose Legend Physiotherapy?
At Legend Physiotherapy, we don’t come to conclusions or figure out solutions instantly. Instead, we conduct thorough one-on-one sessions to understand your condition and the severity of the pain. Our team usually starts with easing the pain for you via treatments such as ice massage, braces for support, ultrasound and muscle stimulation.
We also prepare an exercise chart depending on your pain. It can take up to eight weeks to recover fully if the pain is pretty serious. The exercises we include are:
- Finger stretch
- Ball squeeze
- Wrist flexor stretch
- Wrist extensor strength
- Forearm strengthening
Book an appointment with our brilliant physiotherapists to relieve the pain as soon as possible.