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Three physical therapy treatments for tennis elbow

November 6th, 2020
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Do you have elbow pain running along the outside of your elbow and into your forearm? Although this type of pain is commonly known as tennis elbow, don’t let the name fool you. Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that can affect anyone who makes repetitive wrist and arm motions. 

Tennis elbow is the result of irritation from these repetitive motions, such as swinging a tennis racket or operating heavy machinery. The irritation leads to inflammation, which results in the pain, stiffness and weakened grip strength associated with tennis elbow.

Treatments for tennis elbow vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. In many circumstances, people with tennis elbow can reduce their pain with the help of a physical therapist.

Three physical therapy treatments for tennis elbow

Physical therapists specialize in a wide range of techniques for treating chronic pain and injuries. If you visit a physical therapist for tennis elbow, they will likely use treatments such as:

  1. Strength exercises — Weak or tense muscles in your forearm can add to the strain of repetition on your elbow tendons. Targeted exercises can help improve your strength to provide better support for the elbow joint and tendons.
  2. Stretches — Gentle stretches can help improve the flexibility of your elbow muscles and tendons and improve your range of motion.
  3. Manual therapy — Manual therapy is a series of hands-on techniques your physical therapist may use to help reduce pain and improve your range of motion. Manual therapy can also help break up scar tissue that could be contributing to your tennis elbow symptoms.

Visit Rehab Access for tennis elbow treatment

Are you suffering from sudden or prolonged elbow pain that makes it difficult for you to use your arm or grab anything? You may be experiencing the symptoms of tennis elbow. Our team at Rehab Access can examine your condition and guide you through a customized treatment routine to help you recover. Contact our team today for more information about tennis elbow treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.