Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons of the gripping muscles that help to extend the wrist which attach to the elbow. Occupations that contribute to a tennis elbow, include repetitive wrist and gripping motions such as machine and construction work. Tennis elbow is a cumulative trauma disorder that is a potentially progressive condition if not taken care of in the early stages. Symptoms include pain with gripping objects and lifting objects, decreased strength and tenderness to touch outer aspects of the elbow. Self treatments by the individual include ice, rest and anti-inflammatories (medication given by the physician). A brace, worn when performing a repetitive activities around the forearm, can help distribute the forces throughout the inflamed tendons and muscles.
Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis
Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus
Kulp Physical Therapy and Massage utilizes a hands on approach in treating tennis elbow. Travell trigger point treatment to the Extensors, radial deviator's, supinator, and brachioradialis muscle are key to reducing pain at the elbow. Techniques of neural stretching, joint mobilization, clinical stretching and strengthening as well as a variety of home exercises act to reduce inflammation, tension and pain at the elbow. Occasionally, symptoms may be felt in the arm/elbow that come from the neck, shoulder and muscles in the upper arm. Being able to evaluate for these different disorders are imperative in fully addressing the individuals symptom. Treatment usually lasts 4-8 treatment sessions.