What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow refers to a condition that is caused when the tendons that attach the forearm and wrist muscles to the outside portion of the elbow become inflamed or irritated due to overuse from repetitive movements.
A tendon is a thick band of connective tissue that attaches a muscle to bone or other structure and aids in moving that body part. Some of the muscles of the forearm and wrist come together into a thick band and that attaches to a bony prominence on the outside of the elbow that’s called the lateral epicondyle.
Movements that involve repetitive straightening and rotating of the forearm can potentially lead to inflammation of the tendons at the point where they attach to the lateral epicondyle. This inflammation causes pain, weakness and stiffness and is referred to as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylalgia.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
A Physical Therapist is the best provider to treat musculoskeletal injuries such as tennis elbow. Your Physical Therapist will first utilize a series of tests, exams and questions from you about your pain and function to determine if your pain is actually due to inflammation to the tendons at the lateral epicondyle. They will then prescribe a plan of treatment aimed at reducing your pain, increasing your function and helping you to return to your prior level of function in the shortest possible time.
Your treatment from your Physical Therapist might include hands-on manual therapy to the affected area, specific eccentric exercises designed to help the tendon repair itself, bracing to help alleviate your pain, and education on modifications to your normal activity during the healing process.
How is Treatment at Odom Health and Wellness Different?
At Odom Health & Wellness we see tremendous patient outcomes with our tennis elbow patients. In addition to addressing your tennis elbow with
Physical Therapy interventions mentioned above, we operate as a collaborative team of providers in addressing your pain. Our team at Odom Health and Wellness in Minnetonka, Minnesota includes Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Regenerative Medicine, Sports Performance and Sports Massage Therapy. Oftentimes physical therapy alone can help resolve the pain and dysfunction caused by tennis elbow. If you have tried this in the past, and it has not fully resolved the issue, we encourage you to set up an appointment with Dr. Odom to discuss Regenerative Medicine treatment options for your tennis elbow pain.
Do you think you are suffering from tennis elbow? Make an appointment today so we can help you Get Healthy and Stay Healthy.