Tennis elbow - what it is and what can be done to help

25 Mar 2019 2:52 PMLicensee Person
Tennis elbow - what it is and what can be done to help

Tennis Elbow

Running with my muscle section each month – I would like to discuss a condition called Lateral Epicondylitis aka tennis elbow. AS the name suggests the lateral part of the elbow becomes tender, it can extend into the back of the forearm and it can be difficult to grip things strongly. Like most conditions it is due to excessive use, in this cause muscles of the back of the forearm. Occurring as a result of work or sports, especially in your 30-50’s. Golfers Elbow is on the medial side of the elbow put can cause similar pain.

It is a result of repetitive strain injury resulting from tendon overuse and failed healing of the tendon. Repetition is not always the cause as a direct blow the elbow, a sudden forceful pull or forceful exention causes more than half of the injuries.

Most people can avoid having surgery with rest being the first step to recovery. Natural anti-inflammatory like turmeric and Boswellia plus magnesium can also be of assistance. The above photo shows wrist stretching exercises which combines with massage and/or acupuncture give great results. Relief with a brace centred over the back of the forearm may also relieve symptoms, as it rests the muscles and tendons.

If you have elbow pain or finding it hard to grip and hold things book in for a massage and get some relief as I am a naturopath as well, supplements will be suggested for an overall assessment.