Tennis Elbow aka Lateral Epicondylitis
Lateral Epicondylitis or more commonly known as “Tennis Elbow” is a very common complaint. The pain you feel on the outside of the elbow is due to inflammation that is occurring where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach onto the arm bone. It is one of the most common overuse injuries of the elbow.
Who is at risk?
Tradies - carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, etc
Office workers - constant typing/keying/mouse use
This condition can be quite frustrating and difficult to manage, as the aggravating activity is likely part of your job or hobby that you love. In saying that, you can achieve great results with conservative management. The bad news is you could be in for a recovery journey of 2-3 months. The good news is a full recovery is most likely.
Rest from aggravating activities, especially if repetitive.
Ice massage, especially after use.
Use of a false insertion brace/splint.
Massage/dry needling and mobilisation of the area and its surrounds - we are talking wrist, shoulder, back and neck...'HELLO Osteopathy!'
Home exercises including strengthening and stretching of the wrist and shoulder.
Change the grip on your tennis racket or hammer/tools you use - anything to reduce shock absorption. Most commonly the use of a larger padded handle will help.
Check the ergonomics of your desk set up. Are your elbows at 90 degrees with your forearms and wrists straight when using your keyboard? Do you hold your mouse hand in an extended position? An ergonomic mouse that holds your hand in a neutral position may help.
Come in and speak to one of the team at Symetri who can help you on your way to recovery.