" I went to see Georgina three years ago, with a severe tennis elbow problem. Instead of the common steroid injection treatment Georgina proposed some stretching and strengthening exercises and within a couple of weeks I get rid off all the painful symptoms. I got very enthusiastic, so I lso told her about my long lasting lower back pain. After a thorough examination she came up with some stretching and strengthening exercises again, she put together a therapy that worked again."
Tennis elbow Despite of its name, tennis elbow is not only caused by playing tennis. It is the irritation/inflammation of the periosteum (bone layer) caused by the overuse of arm muscles thorough tight gripping. It can be treated efficiently by manual therapy techniques, electrotherapy and kinesio taping.
In fact tennis elbow has nothing to do with playing tennis. Tennis elbow is the inflammation and degeneration of the common extensor tendon of the forearm that attaches to the outside part of the humerus bone at the elbow.
Tennis elbow is common amongst sports people and manual workers doing repetitive moves, excessive use of the wrist or prolonged gripping such as driving, racket sports or even using a hammer. The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. The inflammation and pain associated with tennis elbow is due to tiny tears in a part of the tendon and in the muscle covering. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.
What are the symptoms/effects of tennis elbow?
The most common symptom is pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow and in the muscles of your upper forearm. Weak grip and stiff elbow are also typical symptoms. The symptoms may develop gradually over time, pain could radiate down the arm towards the wrist. Many people with mild symptoms of tennis elbow rather just wait and hope for recovery, but in most of the cases the pain just gets more intense. The earlier you start the treatment the better chances you have for a quick recovery.
Treatment for tennis elbow
Tennis elbow is the most common elbow problem our physiotherapists at Budapestfizio treat.
Proper treatment in time can help avoiding surgery or steroid injections and help recovery in a conservative way. Physiotherapy treatment at Budapestfizio may involve:
- Massage to relieve stress and tension in the muscles
- Trigger point therapy, manual therapy
- Individualised exercise programme including neural and extensor muscle stretches
- Taping to take pressure off the extensor tendons
- Electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy to accelerate healing