Do you love hitting the court for a game of tennis, but find yourself struggling with elbow pain?
You may be experiencing the unpleasant effects of tennis elbow. This common condition, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is caused by overuse of the muscles in your forearm that control wrist and finger movement.
But don’t let that put a damper on your love for the game! With the help of osteopathy, you can find relief and get back to your passion.
Keep reading to learn more about tennis elbow, its symptoms, and how osteopathy can help.
If you’re an avid tennis player, you may be all too familiar with the frustrating effects of tennis elbow. Also known as lateral epicondylitis, this condition affects the tendons in your elbow and is caused by repetitive movements and overuse. Symptoms include pain and tenderness on the outer side of your elbow, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks.
While anyone can develop tennis elbow, those who engage in sports that require frequent arm swinging, like tennis, are at an increased risk. If you’re experiencing pain on one side of your elbow joint, it’s important to visit an osteopath for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Remember, taking care of yourself and your health is key to being able to enjoy all the activities you love, like hitting the tennis court.
Repetitive stress on the forearm tendons and overuse of the forearm muscles can lead to tennis elbow. Overuse often happens when you perform repeated movements of your wrist or fingers. For example, you might develop tennis elbow if you use your right hand to lift heavy weight repeatedly without giving it a break by alternating.
Tennis elbow is very common in people who play racquet sports such as tennis or racquetball. It’s also common in people who perform repetitive tasks with their hands and wrists (such as computer work). Still, this strain can affect even those who aren’t necessarily engaged in these activities all day long!
The most common tennis elbow symptoms include:
Osteopathic treatment for tennis elbow is a holistic and effective approach that focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself.
Osteopaths take a comprehensive view of the body, considering all its muscles, bones, and joints, and use gentle pressure to decrease muscular tension and alleviate pain. In treating tennis elbow, osteopaths will consider the underlying cause of the condition, rather than just focusing on its symptoms.
They may also take a detailed history of the patient’s symptoms and injury to help determine the most effective course of treatment. Overall, osteopathy can be an effective way to find relief from the pain and discomfort of the tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is a common condition, and the people who are most commonly affected by it include:
Osteopathic treatment for tennis elbow is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that helps reduce pain and inflammation, increase range of motion, increase strength and endurance and treat the underlying causes of the condition.
Osteopathic techniques can treat pain associated with tennis elbow by promoting blood flow to the affected area. The goal is to increase blood flow through gentle stretching or massage action on the muscle fibres to increase circulation.
This allows nutrients into your tissues so they can repair themselves faster than they would without treatment.
The number of osteopathic visits required for effective treatment of tennis elbow can vary depending on the severity of your condition. In some cases, a few visits may be sufficient to find relief, while others may require a longer course of treatment over a few months.
No matter what, your osteopath will work with you to manage your condition and help you find relief from pain and discomfort. Your osteopath will assess your condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment, including how long it may take to see improvements in pain level or function.
If you have tennis elbow, the best thing to do is to give relative rest to the affected area. If your elbow is painful and tender, apply an ice pack several times during the day. This will help reduce pain and swelling. If you have tennis elbow and can still load your arm without pain, you may be able to exercise the muscles around your elbow to strengthen them while they heal.
Tennis elbow can also be prevented by encouraging good management of forearm usage when playing tennis or other sports that involve repetitive wrist movements, such as golf or racket sports. It would help if you had efficient technique when playing these sports so that you don’t strain your wrists unnecessarily.
If your symptoms are continuing, then see an osteopath who has experience treating tennis elbow patients as soon as possible because they may be able to help identify why it is happening and which treatment will work best in your case.
It’s important to avoid certain things if you want a good recovery from your tennis elbow. These include:
Once you’ve been diagnosed with tennis elbow, you can do the following to help your recovery:
If you’re struggling with tennis elbow, we understand how frustrating and painful it can be. If you’ve tried medications but aren’t providing the relief you need, it may be time to consider other treatments.
At MPR Health, we offer expert osteopathic treatment for tennis elbow. Our trained osteopaths use various techniques, including muscle manipulation and massage, to help reduce pain and improve function.
We’ll work with you to find the best course of treatment to help you find relief from your pain.
We hope we’ve given you a better understanding of tennis elbow and how osteopathic methods can treat it. Many people suffer from this condition, but the good news is that many effective treatments are also available. If you feel that your elbow pain has worsened over time and none of your normal treatments is working, then it might be worth visiting an osteopath to see if they could help with treatment.
Our North Shore Osteopaths are here to help you with your pain so you can get back to living your best life without worrying about pain.
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