Lateral Epicondylitis or "Tennis Elbow" is a commonly seen injury in Physical Therapy. This injury impacts the outside or lateral part of the elbow and can be very painful for those suffering from it. This injury can affect all ages and activity levels, not only athletes.
Lateral Epicondylitis is an overuse injury. It is caused by performing repetitive or vigorous actions that cause an inflammation of the muscle tendons outside the elbow. These muscles are responsible for extending the wrist. People who play tennis, pickleball, paint, stir or perform repetitive wrist, or elbow movements are at risk. With the overuse, the tendons can become inflamed and, if continued, can cause microtears to the tendons. Lateral Epicondylitis can also become a problem when a new activity is started and performed for an extended time.
∙ Pain with wrist or elbow movements.
∙ Mild swelling or increased muscle tightness to the muscles near the outside of the elbow.
∙ Limited motion with elbow movement and/or wrist movement.
Can Physical Therapy help?
Absolutely. Physical Therapy is an excellent solution to fixing Lateral Epicondylitis. During an evaluation, one of our Physical Therapists will establish a specific plan of care. The plan of care will include stretches, exercises, and hands-on techniques to help you regain your mobility, decrease your pain, and strengthen your muscles to get you back to your daily activities. You will also learn how to prevent the injury from coming back in the future.
If you think you are struggling with "Tennis Elbow" or any other pain or dysfunction, give our office a call at (985) 869-7221 to schedule an evaluation, set up a treatment plan, and get you on track to living life pain-free again.