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TENNIS ELBOW

This term is used to describe an inflammatory condition, usually on the lateral (outer) aspect of the elbow. It is a tendinitis of the forearm extensor muscles and is typically the result of an overuse syndrome. However, this syndrome is not solely the result of overtraining or sports. It is common to professions or activities where wrist extension is a major part of the activity, i.e. handwriting, use of a screwdriver, wringing laundry and anything that demands a good amount of gripping and movement.

It usually has a gradual onset and by the time most people seek help, it is usually chronic or becoming chronic, even if the pain has been short-term.

SYMPTOMS

Weakened grasp
Pain over the lateral elbow
Carrying objects becomes difficult if not painful; shaking hands may be bothersome

The following procedures are used to diagnose tennis elbow:

History of onset, including occupational, exercise and avocational habits
Orthopedic testing
Applied Kinesiology muscle testing
If there is any suspicion of severe tissue or joint damage, an MRI may be warranted

The following therapies are used to treat tennis elbow:

Adjustments of the elbow, wrist, shoulder, and neck
Muscle work: Trigger point therapy, fascial release, muscle re-balancing
Home care exercise program-strengthening, stretching and re-education
Use of natural anti-inflammatories and nutritional support for tissue repair
Support taping (can be shown to the patient to do at home)
Ergonomic changes
For those involved in athletic and training activities, changes in technique and equipment may be warranted.