Injury Spotlight: Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition occurring on the outer part of the elbow, typically caused by overuse. Tennis Elbow refers to the irritation and inflammation of the muscles and tendons that run through the forearm and attach to the elbow. The common symptoms include a pain or burning in the outer part of the elbow and weak grip strength. In most cases, the symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time.
While the name leads you to believe that tennis players are the majority of those impacted, that’s actually not true. Only about five percent of those diagnosed with tennis elbow actually got it from playing tennis.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

  • Overuse: The extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle helps to stabilize the wrist when the elbow is straight, like when hitting a ground stroke during a tennis match. When this muscle is weakened, microscopic tears form in the tendon where the the muscle attaches to the elbow. These tiny tears lead to inflammation and pain.
  • Activities: Many people, not only athletes, are prone to tennis elbow. Anyone who performs repetitive actions using the forearm muscle is a candidate for developing this painful condition. For example, plumbers, painters, cooks, and carpenters are likely to have irritation in their elbow from constant movement and use of the forearm.
  • Age: Age is a major factor for Tennis Elbow. Most people diagnosed are between the age of 30 and 50. However, if someone is involved in activities that put them at high risk, Tennis Elbow can strike at any age.

How Airrosti Treats Tennis Elbow

Airrosti providers work with each patient to thoroughly assess their symptoms. By diagnosing the underlying cause of the pain, Airrosti can effectively treat it at the source rather than just alleviating the symptoms. Airrosti’s effective and efficient treatment allows patients to continue their active lifestyles while on the road to recovery. Targeted manual therapy combined with prescribed at-home exercises provide for the fastest possible route back to a pain-free and active life.
If you’re suffering from elbow pain or any other painful condition, don’t wait. Call Airrosti today to get quickly on the road to recovery.

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