Tennis elbow or otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is a very painful condition due to inflammation at the elbow from overuse. The repeated motion of bending at the elbow seen in racquet sports, for example tennis is the most common cause of this condition. Many other sports and activities can lead to tennis elbow. It is usually seen between 30 and 50 years of age.

The mechanism of injury of tennis elbow: The muscles of the forearm connect to a common tendon that attaches to the bone, the outer aspect of your elbow. These muscles at the forearm extend the fingers and wrist, so with these repetitive motions it will eventually cause inflammation and damage to the elbow tendon.

Athletes are not the only ones that are at risk of developing tennis elbow. Many that engage in recreational activities or in an occupation that requires repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscles tend to acquire tennis elbow. This includes auto-workers, knitting, typing, carpenters, painters, butchers, plumbers, and chefs just to name a few.

Symptoms aren’t usually a sudden onset. It begins gradually and slowly worsens from weeks to months.

Symptoms that you may experience with tennis elbow:

  • Pain, tenderness on the outer bony knob of your elbow
  • Pain radiating to upper or lower arm
  • Wrist weakness
  • Aggravated when shaking hands, lift something, open door, make a fist or grip
  • Pain may increase at night causing difficulty sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Trouble using elbow

Here at Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup our experienced Chiropractors treat tennis elbow on a frequently as it’s a prevalent condition in our society. Dr Linda Schiller and associates incorporate a variety of treatment methods for optimum recovery of your condition.

Some of the methods employed include:

  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Interferential
  • Ultrasound
  • Bracing
  • Strapping
  • Specific Adjustments
  • Advice on activities
  • Specific exercises to strengthen the muscles of the forearm

As tennis elbow can affect other body parts involved in the functioning of the elbow such as your neck, shoulder and wrist. Our sports chiropractors will also examine these areas and provide treatment as required, including chiropractic manipulations/adjustments. Along with the list of treatments mentioned above, stretching exercises and other heat or ice modalities will also be administered as required for each individual case.

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms of tennis elbow, whether it be mild to severe, contact Lakeside Chiropractic . We may be able to stop the progression of the condition and get you on the road to recovery.

The clinic is located in Joondalup central to the northern suburbs of Perth, such as Kinross, Clarkson, Currambine, Connolly, Ocean Reef, Edgewater, Woodvale, and Whitfords, Mullaloo, Padbury, Wangara, Yanchep. There is easy accessible public transport with bus and train station just walking distance, and ample parking with easy access.

To book an appointment contact the clinic on 9300 0095, or book online at www.lakesidechiro.com.au

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