Tennis elbow or also known as lateral epicondylitis, is injury to the muscles/tendons of the forearm that attach to the bony prominence of the elbow called lateral epicondyle, these muscles extend the wrist and fingers. Any sustained, repetitive movements of the wrist can cause this condition, it is not only limited to tennis players.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include tenderness on the outside of the elbow, pain when performing tasks that involve gripping, grasping or holding an object, activities that require resisted wrist/finger extension, stretching of the forearm muscles. There may also be trigger points/ sore spots present within the muscles causing pain.
Treatment for tennis elbow involves reducing symptoms and inflammation. Rest is initially prescribed in very acute phases, compression, dry needling, strapping, elbow adjustments and cold laser therapy can also be used to reduce acute inflammation. Once the inflammation subsides, strengthening protocols, gentle exercises and stretching the muscles of forearm may also be used by gradually increasing the load through the elbow to a point where normal use of the wrist can be presumed. Strengthening of the muscles is very important in preventing recurrence of injury. Sports massage and myofascial release of the wrist extensor muscles in the forearm is another great technique to reduce pain and subsequent symptoms.
By strengthening grip strength, common symptoms of tennis elbow can be reduced.
Supination with a dumbell
The supinator muscle is a muscle of the forearm that inserts into the elbow. Its action is to turn the palm upward and may be involved in causing tennis elbow symptoms.
The wrist extensor muscles attach into the elbow. These group of muscles are responsible for extended the wrist and overuse can cause pain and tennis elbow symptoms.
This exercise works on both the wrist extensors and flexors.
Wrist flexor/extensor stretch
Stretching of the wrist flexors and extensors will ensure flexibility and proper movement of the muscles that attach into the elbow.
For further advice or treatment plan with tennis elbow or arm pain, come in and see one of our experienced chiropractors. We are located in Central Walk, Joondalup central to Perth’s northern suburbs. We have regular patients visiting from Kingsley – 6026, Woodvale – 6026, Clarkson – 6030, Quinns Rock – 6030, Kinross – 6028, Burns Beach – 6028, Heathridge – 6027, Edgewater – 6027, Hillarys – 6025 and Kallaroo – 6025.
Disclaimer: The exercises provided on this website are for educational and entertainment purposes only, and are not to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, or course of action. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. To reduce the risk of injury, before beginning this or any exercise program, please consult a healthcare provider for appropriate exercise prescription and safety precautions.