17 May 2021
Lateral Epicondylitis – Tennis Elbow
Your elbow lets you perform many complex movements such as throwing, lifting, swinging, and hugging! You can do all this because the elbow is not a simple joint. It’s complex and as such, there are many ways that it can be injured.
Your elbow is a joint formed where three bones come together – the upper bone known as the humerus, and the ulna and radius that are located in your forearm.
Muscles are attached to bones by tendons, allowing your arm to move in different ways. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-da-litis), is a type of tendinopathy or tendinosis, which means you have damage in the tendons around your elbow from overuse – inflammation, or in some cases, microtrearing.
Despite its name, you can still suffer from tennis elbow even if you’ve never been near a tennis court! In fact, any repetitive gripping activities, especially if they use the thumb and first two fingers, may contribute to tennis elbow.
So, what causes it?
- ICE – reduce pain and swelling. 20 minutes every 4 hours for 2-3 days,
- Using an elbow strap to protect the injured tendon from further strain,
- Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (limit these as they have many side effects!),
AND most importantly………
- See ME for a massage and rehabilitation!