Tennis Elbow? But I Don’t Even Play Tennis!
Did you know… tennis elbow isn't just for athletes.
Lateral epicondyle tendinopathy – or tennis elbow - is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons in your elbow become irritated and overloaded as a result of repetitive motion.
Because the repetitive motion that occurs is similar to that of swinging a tennis racket, it's commonly referred to as tennis elbow.
However, anyone who has a job characterized by similar repetitive arm motions may be at risk.
Why it Matters:
Tennis elbow is often characterized by some pain and weakness, and that can make it difficult to perform your daily tasks.
Because tennis elbow is an injury caused by repetitive - perhaps essential - motions, finding ways to decrease the irritation and improve your biomechanics is especially important.
Here are 3 natural ways to help reduce the pain associated with tennis elbow …
- Rest. Giving your arm time to rest is important to stop triggering irritation and pain.
- Ice. Icing a few times per hour is a smart strategy to reduce pain in first few days
- Technique. Be mindful of how you are moving your arm, use proper ergonomics, and use a brace for a short time if necessary.
Tennis elbow is usually not a condition that will go away on its own, but can take up to a year.
However, we've found three key strategies for more rapidly reducing pain and restoring lost function associated with tennis elbow.
The first is creating a plan of care that includes specific at-home exercises to strengthen your supporting muscles.
The second is performing chiropractic adjustments, when necessary, to improve the motion and movement of your elbow joints.
Third, dry needling and/or soft tissue manipulation by hand or using special instruments can be helpful for stubborn cases.
So, if you or someone you know is living with tennis elbow, give us a call.
Together, we’ll create an individualized care plan focused on helping you find lasting relief, naturally.
- Tennis Elbow. Orthoinfo by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 2021.