Lateral Elbow Pain From Tennis Elbow
Lateral elbow pain as a result of tennis elbow tends to occur in middle aged men and women peaking in incidence around the 35-50 year old age group. The elbow affected is usually associated with dominant handedness, but it can occur in the non-dominant arm or occur in both the right and left elbow at the same time.
Commonly caused by an overload of gripping and lifting activities, the condition can be quite functionally limiting and long lasting if left untreated, so seeing your physiotherapist and getting treatment for lateral elbow pain sooner rather than later is always a good idea.
Treatment Of Lateral Elbow Pain
Physiotherapy is effective in the management of both acute and chronic tennis elbow conditions. The goal of physiotherapy when treating tennis elbow is primarily to reduce pain and improve function by facilitating tissue recovery and repair.
Physiotherapy Treatment For Extensor Tendinopathy Will Frequently Focus On:
- The Restoration of motion, strength and function around the elbow.
- Normalisation of any altered cervical spine function and/or upper limb neurodynamics.
Physiotherapy treatment for lateral elbow pain can vary significantly depending on the stage and severity of the tendinopathy. Treatment may include anything from the manipulation of the soft tissues or joints of the neck and elbow, kinesio taping or bracing options, prescription of home exercises focusing on loading the tendon tissue or neurodynamics of associated nerve tissue. At Sydney Physio Clinic we also use shockwave therapy an electrotherapy device and dry needling to good effect in the treatment of chronic lateral elbow pain.
Using A Tennis Elbow Support For Lateral Elbow Pain
A tennis elbow brace can be very effective in the management of extensor tendinopathy. Often providing immediate reduction to pain felt with gripping and wringing activities. The brace works by dissipating the loading forces to the tendon when griping by moving the stress away from your injured structures. Your physiotherapist can help you decide if a tennis elbow support is relevant for your specific condition.
Duration Times For Tennis Elbow Injuries
Left untreated extensor tendinopathy can last anywhere from 6 months – 2 years and is prone to recurrence. Physiotherapy can help reduce these time frames and reduce the likelihood of repeat episodes. In stubborn conditions cortisone injections and Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may be used if conservative non invasive treatment proves unsuccessful.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic provides this information as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Treatment Of Lateral Elbow Pain should consult his or her physiotherapist, sports medicine specialist, orthopedic surgeon or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner.