Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Student Report on Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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Cause:

  • Tearing of the extensor carpi radialis brevis
  • Repetitive movements requiring forceful wrist extension, radial deviation, and supination
  • Eccentric force/ movement of the forearm

 

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Lateral elbow pain
  • Pain when gripping
  • Pain with resisted wrist extension/ supination/ extension

 

Muscles/ Joints Affected:

  • Extensor digitorium
  • Extensor carpi radialis longus
  • Carpiradialis brevis

 

Treatment/ Management:

  • ART (Active Release Techniques) – to the muscles affected
  • Ice, tape, splint
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretch wrist and pronate forearm (Mills Stretch)
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrotherapy and Ultrasound Therapy

 

Rehab Exercises:

  • Arm straightened out fully and push palm of hand down to feel stretch across top of forearm
  • With an arm on a table, have your wrist hang from the side and hold a dumb bell with your palm facing down. Pull the wrist up and hold for 2 seconds and then slowly lower your wrist back to the original position. Repeat 15 time
  • If the dumb bell is too much, you can put a thick elastic band around your hand and try to stretch the elastic band wide and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times
  • Isometrics- hold a fist tight and release, repeat 5-10 times

 

Prognosis:

  • Resting arm and avoiding activities to reduce pain

 

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