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Tennis elbow (Medically known as Lateral Epicondylitis) is a type of repetitive strain injury where the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow become inflamed.
Often sufferers will experience sharp pain with lifting, gripping and twisting at the wrist and elbow. They might also feel weakness at the wrist.
WHAT CAUSES TENNIS ELBOW?
There are numerous causes of tennis elbow, but the most common
are listed below;
At the lateral epicondyle (outer side of the elbow) several muscles create a common tendon, which attaches to the elbow (epicondyle). As a result, a lot of force transfers through this small point and when these muscles are used more than normal to the point of over-use then the tissues can become inflamed. A particularly important muscle which attaches onto the epicondyle is the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) which helps stabilize the wrist when the elbow is straight.
The ECRB is also at a greater risk of damage because of its position. As the elbow bends and straightens, the muscle rubs against some of the bony prominences at the wrist. This can cause gradual wear and tear of the muscle over time.
Although called "Tennis elbow" Tennis is only one of many activities which can cause lateral epicondylitis. There are numerous jobs which can increase your likelihood of experiencing tennis elbow, including Chefs, Hairdressers, Painters, Mechanics and Plumbers.
Also, other sports can be aggravating to the outer elbow, such as darts, badminton, rowing and snooker.
Falls or direct blows to the elbow can start the inflammation, which aggrevates the tendon. If the trauma is not managed well, this can develop into lateral epicodylitis.
HOW DO OSTEOPATHS HELP EASE SCIATICA?
Osteopathy is an important step towards recovery for those suffering from Tennis Elbow. Firstly, understanding and diagnosing why the outer elbow was aggrevated can be extremely important. Even though there are numerous aggrevating factors, often the position of the elbow can have a huge effect on the pain. Correcting the posure of the arm can greatly improve pain levels.
Following that, the treatment performed by Osteopaths can greatly decrease the pain and discomfort experienced. Osteopaths use massage, stretching and articulation techniques to ease pain and decrease inflammation and pain.