What causes tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Tennis elbow is a painful condition affecting the outside part of the elbow. This area is called the lateral epicondyle and so the medical term for this condition is lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow is usually caused by overuse of the forearm. Many forearm muscles attach at or around the lateral epicondyle so when they are overused they pull too much on the elbow and make it sore. Common problematic activities include tennis (especially backhands), using a screwdriver, drilling and repeated keyboard and mouse use.
What are the common symptoms of tennis elbow?
Pain and tenderness is usually felt on the outside of your dominant elbow and into the upper forearm. The pain is often aggravated by wrist movements, gripping and anything which requires use of forearm muscles.
Self treatment for tennis elbow
Resting the elbow, icing it after activity, wearing a high quality lateral eipicondylitis clasp (see below) and regularly stretching your forearm muscles can all help reduce your symptoms.
How does osteopathic treatment for tennis elbow help?
The osteopath will usually treat the area using deep soft-tissue massage, provide you with stretches / exercises and will advise you on the best way to manage your condition.
Which products help tennis elbow?
Products like the epicondylitis clasp (which takes pressure off the elbow) and the Theraflex gel pack (which help cool the area down) complement osteopathic treatment and can help you manage your condition. Click products below for details.