Lateral epicondylitis, (tennis elbow) is an overuse injury caused by inflammation at the elbow, where the tendon of the forearm extensor muscles inserts into the humerus.
Repetitive movements such as gripping tools or sporting equipment can cause stress to be placed on the tendon, which may result in micro tears or a pulling on the tendon, thus causing the pain and inflammation.
Elbow pain is not just restricted to tennis players and golfers. It is often seen in people participating in weightlifting, hockey, wrestling, canoeing and other sports. Tradespeople such as plumbers, bricklayers and house painters doing the same repetitive movements each day can also develop this condition.
Symptoms can include soreness around the elbow itself, experiencing pain when the arm is straighten or the fingers expanded and sometimes a dull ache when the arm is at rest. The inability to easily grasp and hold objects especially when the arm is stretched out can be a symptom.
We suggest you call 5244 5438 to make an appointment with our Myotherapist who can offer relief by using soft tissue techniques and the gentle stretching of the wrist extensor muscles.