Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, isn’t just a sports injury. This quite common and annoyingly painful condition can happen to anyone. It was named tennis elbow because of the pressure put on the elbow and adjoined tendons that happen when tennis players connect their racquets with a speeding ball hundreds of times during a match.
What is Lateral Epicondylitis?
If you have pain when lifting or bending the arm, or when gripping or twisting your forearm, you may have tennis elbow. You may also experience difficulty doing the simplest things like grasping a pen, opening doors, or even getting lids off jars. Tennis elbow pain is generally concentrated on the outside of the elbow spreading into the outside upper part of the arm.
You may have gotten this condition doing the most mundane chores like wringing out hand washing or painting walls. This condition is also difficult to get rid of on your own as we all use our elbows consistently throughout the day.
What Is the Best Treatment for Tennis Elbow?
Although you can find some relief by resting your arm, applying hot or cold compresses, or taking Ibuprofen, the most effective treatment for many people is deep tissue massage by a licensed therapist.
Your therapist has years of experience dealing with tennis elbow pain and knows where to target their efforts for maximum pain relief. This requires an individualized assessment of your condition after which your therapist can begin using deep tissue massage and friction therapy to alleviate your condition.
Find Out More About Tennis Elbow Relief
Pursuit Physical Therapy has both the information and therapeutic treatments to help alleviate pain caused by tennis elbow. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a private assessment.