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How to manage Tennis Elbow with Physiotherapy in 4 Steps

Don’t let tennis elbow pain affect your life! Learn how physiotherapy can help your tennis elbow pain.

You DON’T need to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow. You can

very well be a rower, golfer, swimmer, basketball player, butcher or a professional painter or writer.

A client at Clinic came into the clinic looking specifically for elbow pain treatment. He was feeling discouraged and starting to lose hope due to outside elbow pain. This patient was a heavy-duty mechanic, working long hours using hands and arms to lift weights and vibratory tools all day long. When he came into the clinic, the Physiotherapist was able to get him doing different elbow stretches to help with the elbow pain he was experiencing. His main concern was being able to perform job demands with minimal pain.

After treatments with the Physiotherapist that included shockwave therapy sessions, mobilization, education on pain management techniques and home-based exercises, he noticed a remarkable difference in pain levels. Gradually, he was able to complete job demands without pain.  

This is just one of the many success stories around tennis elbow, if you are struggling in pain or any type of discomfort; please reach out help is available.

What is Tennis Elbow, and Why Does it Matter?

Tennis elbow is a condition that affects the outer part of the elbow and is characterized by pain and tenderness. It is medically known as lateral epicondylitis and is caused by repetitive or overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow is not limited to tennis players, but can affect anyone who participates in activities that involve repetitive arm motions such as carpentry, painting, and typing. Thankfully, the Physiotherapy Clinic in Langley, BC can help in the management of tennis elbow to improve function and quality of life.

Symptoms of tennis elbow may include pain on the outer part of the elbow that gradually worsens with time, weakness in the affected arm, difficulty in gripping or holding objects, and stiffness in the elbow joint. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see a physiotherapist who can offer a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for your condition.

How to manage Tennis Elbow symptoms in 4 Steps

Chronic tennis elbow can occur without warning in a healthy individual because of a

single traumatic event or repetitive stress. Some of the treatments used to treat are:

  1. Active Release Therapy (ART)- Physiotherapist will detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons by specific tissue release techniques and will also educate on techniques that can be done in comfort of your home.
  2. Modalities like Ultrasound and LASER therapy to reduce acute pain. Shockwave therapy can be used to reduce chronic pain and break adhesions around tendons.
  3. Exercises play an important role in management of tennis elbow. Certain group of muscles become tight and other group muscles become weak over a period. Squeezing and releasing exercises canstrengthen the area considerably too. Grip soft squeeze balls, hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat 8 times.

Pain management techniques- It is important to learn pain management techniques that includes application of hot/cold, pacing, gradual progression of activities and exercises.

Physiotherapy can be a highly effective treatment option for tennis elbow. So, if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your elbow, don’t wait any longer to seek out the help of a qualified Physiotherapist in Langley, BCThey can provide the necessary diagnosis and treatment plan to help you get back to doing what you love.

  • Call 604-427-2172 to book an appointment with our physiotherapist.
  • You can also visit https://belmontphysio.janeapp.com and book online.
  • FREE virtual consultation with one of our Registered physiotherapists.

FAQ

  • How would my first appointment will look like?

Your physiotherapist will perform thorough assessment including history, range of motion, strength testing and a few special tests and will inform you of treatment options. Treatment options includes modalities like Cold LASER therapy, Ultrasound therapy and Shockwave Therapy and exercises.

  • How often would I need to come for physiotherapy?

Your physiotherapist will advise you after assessment. Usually, clients with acute pain are advised to come twice/a week and people with chronic pain once/a week but can be tailored according to your needs.