What is Tennis Elbow?
Any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can result in Tennis Elbow or Epicondylitis.
Tennis elbow is the common name given to pain originating on the outside or lateral side of the elbow. This condition arises from an irritation or inflammation of the tendons of one or several forearm muscles at their attachment to the bony protuberance close to the elbow joint, known as the lateral epicondyle. Therefore the medical term for this condition is lateral epicondylitis, meaning an inflammation of the epicondyle. If the condition is located on the inside or medial side of the elbow it is often referred as Golfer's Elbow or medial epicondylitis. However, this is not as prevalent as lateral epicondylitis.
There are many causes for Epicondylitis - not just tennis & golf - as any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can result in this affliction. Some individuals develop tennis or golfer's elbow from prolonged carrying of heavy bags, knitting, chopping food, and/or computer work using improper wrist and arm posture. With sports, the problem arises when we are new to the game, use an improper technique, try out new racquets or clubs, or increase the intensity or duration of exercise without the proper preparation.
Sometimes the condition can be so severe that it is difficult to even grip and lift one's coffee cup!
How can we help with Tennis Elbow (Epicondylitis)?
Epicondylitis is a condition that rarely resolves on its own accord and may require treatment.
Dr. Luke’s Upper Cervical Chiropractic care approach to treating tennis elbow has proven extremely effective in the overall management of this problem.