Elbow epicondylitis/ epicondylosis, colloquially known as tennis elbow, is a common overuse injury that develops in the tendons of the forearm, resulting in pains from the wrist to the elbow. Tennis players, golfers are increasingly susceptible to tennis elbow due to the nature of their sports -- both require repetitive swinging motions, which can irritate muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the elbows and wrists. Like most overuse injuries, tennis elbow generally occurs as a result of muscular imbalances that cause over reliance and excessive strain on specific muscles and tendons. Patients suffering from tennis or golf elbow typically report symptoms such as pain outside of the elbow that radiates toward the forearm and wrists; swelling and tenderness around the elbow joint, and forearm stiffness resulting in a decreased range of motion. Treatment for tennis elbow varies depending on the severity of the condition.
The first line of defense for relieving tennis elbow usually includes conservative therapies such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Once the acute pain subsides, strengthening exercises can be prescribed by a professional to correct existing muscular imbalances and avoid repetitive injuries that can lead to chronic elbow pain. Our specialists at AFC Physical Medicine & Chiropractic Centers are experts in treating the symptoms and causes of tennis elbow and its associated wrist pains and tendon damage. Our team is dedicated to improving a patient's elbow function through physical therapy, elbow specific massage therapy, trigger point therapy, and more. After the successful completion of our comprehensive tennis elbow treatment programs, patients are provided with prevention tips to avoid tennis elbow and wrist pains in the future.