Welcome to Klinica Physiotherapy, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive information and effective treatments for tennis elbow, a common condition that causes pain and discomfort in the elbow and forearm. Our team of experienced physiotherapists is here to help you recover and get back to your active lifestyle.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow can affect anyone, not just tennis players. It often occurs due to repetitive motions of the forearm, leading to overuse and strain on the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle (bony bump on the outer side of the elbow).
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow The most common symptom of tennis elbow is pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. This pain may radiate down the forearm and can worsen with certain movements, such as gripping, lifting, or twisting motions. Other symptoms include difficulty in extending the wrist fully, weakness in the affected arm, and discomfort when performing everyday activities.
How Physiotherapy Can Help Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management and rehabilitation of tennis elbow. Our skilled physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to understand your specific condition and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The primary goals of physiotherapy for tennis elbow are to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, promote healing, and restore full function and mobility to the affected arm.
Manual Therapy: Our physiotherapists may use hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and soft tissue manipulation to improve blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote tissue healing.
Therapeutic Exercises: We will guide you through a series of exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the elbow and forearm. These exercises help to improve flexibility, endurance, and stability, aiding in the recovery process.
Stretching Techniques: Specific stretches targeting the forearm muscles and tendons can help alleviate pain, increase flexibility, and promote healing.
Electrotherapy: Modalities like ultrasound, laser therapy, or electrical stimulation may be utilized to reduce pain and inflammation, enhance tissue healing, and stimulate muscle function.
Ergonomic Assessment: Our physiotherapists can provide guidance on proper ergonomics and body mechanics, helping you make necessary adjustments in your daily activities to minimize strain on the affected arm.
Prevention and Self-Care To prevent tennis elbow or its recurrence, it’s essential to take certain precautions. Our physiotherapists can educate you on proper warm-up exercises, equipment modifications, and techniques to minimize stress on the elbow during sports or repetitive tasks. They can also provide advice on self-care strategies like rest, ice or heat application, and the use of braces or supports to aid in the healing process.