Tennis elbow is the common name, and its clinical name is lateral epicondylalgia. It’s a myth that only tennis players suffer from the condition. Tennis elbow is a common diagnosis for when people experience inflammation and swelling of the outside (lateral) of the elbow. Pain can present with gripping, lifting, opening movements. The problem is caused by inflammation or irritation of tendons at the elbow; these tendons connect to the muscles that move your hand and fingers. Tennis elbow affects the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers and can be the result of muscle weakness, strain, overuse, repetitive stress injury or deconditioning. It’s essential to seek a complete diagnosis for this condition as it could be nerve irritation or another muscle issue referring to the outside elbow. Tennis elbow also has a notorious history of being difficult to resolve, requiring a complete treatment approach of muscle release, strengthening exercises, stretching, application of heat and ice and possibly anti-inflammatory medications.
Myotherapy is a proven treatment for tennis elbow in both short and long term scenarios. Your myotherapist will help manage your symptoms while improving the function of the elbow joint range and quality of motion, facilitating tissue repair and restoration of normal muscle length relationships of the forearm. Your myotherapist can assess and rule out other conditions, such as cervical radiculopathies and different muscle referral patterns. Your myotherapist will perform a full assessment and then discuss their findings and the best treatment options available to you, depending on their results and your history. Every case is different which is why a complete assessment is recommended, for example, the length of time you’ve been experiencing symptoms can inform the stage of repair that your tennis elbow condition is currently at and how likely it is to respond to the different treatment options available. Your myotherapist may recommend modifying your workstation setup and working posture to help manage the symptoms of your condition and ensure a lasting resolution of your symptoms.