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Tennis Elbow and its Best Treatment

Tennis elbow can be the culprit of your elbow pain:

Tennis elbow is pain that’s located on the outside of the elbow and the tendons of the muscles that cause wrist extension. It is an extremely painful condition that may not always have swelling but at the time will.

Common causes could be:

  • over-use of the wrist and elbow muscles,
  • it can also be things like carrying suitcases or luggage for long periods of time,
  • you can also get it from using tools during construction.
  • Also, Some sports in which tennis elbow is common are- Tennis, Cricket, Badminton, Table Tennis, Boxing, etc.

Physiotherapy Treatment of Tennis elbow:

Treatment to Promote Muscle Healing such as:

  • Ultrasound (treatment can break up scar tissue, increase blood flow, and promote healing), electrical stimulation, and Icing of the elbow to reduce pain and swelling (repeat this 2 to 3 times per day for 10 to 15 minutes each until the pain is gone).

Then, the Latest trending treatment for tennis elbow:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, Shock wave therapy sends sound waves to the elbow. In this way, sound waves create “microtrauma” that stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities. Other treatments are High-intensity laser, TACAR therapy, deep tissue release, flossing, and dry needling with or without electrical stimulation.

Isometric wrist extensions such as:

  • For this, place your forearm flat on the table with your hand extended it off the table but even with your forearm, from here apply slight pressure to the top of the hand making sure that it remains pain-free, if it’s painful to lighten your pressure. Hold this for up to 2 minutes & repeat 3 times.

Eccentric exercise is highly effective at eliminating pain and increasing strength-

  • Eccentric loading with weight (extension).
  • Wrist extension with holding dumbbell & elbow bend & supported over the table.
  • Forearm pronation & supination with holding dumbbell & elbow bend & supported.
  • Towel twist.
  • Towel squeeze.
  • In addition, Forearm supination curl.
  • Tyler twist with a Rubber bar (flex bar)
  • also, Triceps box dip.

Concentric and Eccentric Stretching plus mobilization of wrist and forearm-

Wrist flexor stretch- turn the finger toward the floor with palm facing toward the wall, lean your body weight into the stretch, and keep the elbow stretching.

Wrist extensor stretch- turn the finger toward the floor & palm facing you, turn the inside of the elbow facing forward, keep the elbow straight, and now stretch.

Triceps stretch.

Radial nerve mobilization.

Massage:

  • Rolling forearm flexor & extensor.
  • Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
  • Tennis ball massage.
  • Also, Lacrosse ball muscle release.

Dynamic & Static cupping therapy.

Kinesiology taping- it inhibits wrist extension muscle. This tape application feels supportive and helps to give different input to the neuromuscular system.

Chiropractic Manipulation of the wrist & elbow is very helpful to establish proper mobility.

In addition, an Elbow brace supports the wrist extensor muscles.

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