Our Oakville physiotherapy centre provides tennis elbow treatment
Tennis elbow treatment addresses an inflammatory condition involving the muscle group which attaches to the bony knob on the outside of your elbow. Depending on the stage of the injury it can be classified as tendinitis, involving small micro-tears and inflammation in the tendon, or tendinosis if the injury becomes chronic, which involves degenerative changes in the tendon. Tennis elbow treatment is an effective form of elbow physiotherapy that our Oakville physiotherapy centre provides to patients.
What causes tennis elbow?
This type of condition usually develops over time from repetitive aggravating motions at the wrist which require a tight grip or hold on an object. It commonly affects people who:
- Play Racquet Sports
- Weight Lift
- Gardening Activities ex. Raking
Those with jobs involving repetitive stress causing movements such as:
- Assembly Line Work
- Computer Work
Common symptoms of tennis elbow
- Pain or tenderness around the outside of the elbow
- Pain which may radiate down the forearm
- Weakness in the muscle group which pulls the wrist back
- Aggravated by hand activities such as gripping to lift an object, making a fist, or opening a door
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may require elbow physiotherapy or tennis elbow treatment.
Elbow physiotherapy for golfer’s elbow
Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a very similar condition to tennis elbow, except that it involves the muscle group attaching to the inside of your elbow. Pain or tenderness will be found on the inside of the elbow and may radiate down the forearm and wrist. You may find weakness with activities requiring flexing of the wrist as well. Golfer’s elbow will likely require elbow physiotherapy as a treatment option.
Aggravating activities are similar to those of tennis elbow, such as gripping an object to lift, shaking hands, or turning a door knob. Treatment protocols would follow that of tennis elbow.
Elbow physiotherapy treatment
Elbow physiotherapy for tendinitis starts with managing active inflammation. You will know if there is active inflammation if the area is warm to the touch compared to the surrounding tissue, and if it appears to be red, swollen or puffy. You need to remove the aggravating activity as much as possible. Icing the elbow will help reduce pain and limit the amount of inflammation building in the area.
The elbow physiotherapy treatment at our Oakville physiotherapy centre can help you guide the swelling out of the area using hands on treatment, as well as give you advice for using compression and elevation at home to help prevent degeneration of the tissues. We will help decrease tension in the surrounding muscles to help take stress off the injured tendon, using both hands on treatment and showing you flexibility exercises you can do at home.
Once it is appropriate, we will show you strengthening exercises to help make the muscle/tendon stronger preventing further recurrence of this condition. We can help you decide when it is safe to return to full activity and give you other tips and tricks to help prevent these conditions from returning!
If you think you require elbow physiotherapy or tennis elbow treatment, contact our Oakville physiotherapy centre today.