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Posted on 10-07-2014

If you play tennis regularly, there's a good change you could develop a painful condition called tennis elbow. Research indicates up to 50 percent of tennis players will develop the condition that disrupts a person's ability to participate in sports or other activities which require the use of the forearm.

Tennis elbow can temporarily sideline athletes, but most respond quickly to treatment that includes physiotherapy along with the proper strengthening and stretching exercises.

Physiotherapy Vital to Overcoming Tennis ElbowWhat Causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow occurs when the forearm muscle is overused. The repeated contraction of the muscle causes microscopic tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow. People who experience tennis elbow may feel pain and weakness from the outside of their elbow to the forearm and wrist. The pain makes it difficult to complete simple tasks such as shaking hands, turning a doorknob or hold a mug a coffee.

While it's called tennis elbow, the condition can occur following any repetitive motion of the forearm, including painting, driving screws, chopping meat or other cooking ingredients or even using plumbing tools.

Who is at Risk for Tennis Elbow?

Anyone can develop the condition, but adults between the ages of 30 and 50 experience tennis elbow most frequently. People who play tennis - especially those who use poor form - are at risk as are people whose occupations require repetitive use of the forearm.

Can Physiotherapy Help?

Yes, our skilled physiotherapist can help get athletes back on the court quickly by incorporating a variety of treatments into their care plans. Physiotherapy options might include:

  • Ice to decrease inflammation.
  • Ultrasound to lower inflammation, break down scar tissue and realign collagen fibers
  • TENS for pain,
  • Friction massage to strengthen the which one tendon and break adhesions,
  • Taping/bracing to redistribute forces,
  • A stretching and strengthening program.

Have you ever experienced tennis elbow? What steps did you take to overcome the problem?

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tennis-elbow/basics/symptoms/con-20043041

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