Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Tennis Elbow

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Author: Dr. Lisa Ramsackal, DC

Do you have elbow pain that interferes with your sports, work or daily activities?

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 If so, you may be suffering from a condition called Tennis Elbow or  Lateral Epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow is caused by overuse, strain, or  injury to the tendon that attaches to the bone on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle). This tendon is attached to the muscle that bends the hand backwards from the wrist. Repetitive movement results in tiny, micro-tears in the tendon that causes inflammation and pain in the tendon.

Symptoms: The most common symptoms are pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Other symptoms include wrist and/or hand grip weakness, pain in the forearm and pain when the fingers are straightened against resistance. Swelling sometime occurs.

Causes: Tennis elbow can be caused by any repetitive movements that involves bending the wrist in a turning or backwards motion. Pain often comes on gradually, but may be sudden such as after lifting a very heavy object. In some cases, no specific cause can be found. Tennis players are more likely to develop tennis elbow if they have improper technique or are using an inappropriate racquet handle size or racquet weight.

Tennis Elbow is not limited to Tennis players, many other common arm motions can cause tennis elbow, including using plumbing tools, painting, driving screws, cutting up cooking ingredients, particularly meat and excessive computer mouse use.

Risk Factors:

  • Age. While tennis elbow affects people of all ages, it’s most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
  • Occupation. People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow. Examples include plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers and cooks.
  • Certain sports. Participating in racket sports increases your risk of tennis elbow, especially if you employ poor stroke technique.

Chiropractic care can help with the diagnosis and treatment of Tennis Elbow and other elbow related pain.

More than 90% of people respond to conservative treatment. Although there are few complications from tennis elbow, if left untreated, chronic pain can result.

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