What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a strain of the tendons connecting the outside of the elbow joint. You don’t have to play tennis to get it. It means that there has been a repetitive strain going through the elbow for a period of time. This can be due to poor and sustained posture or previous injury of the elbow wrist or shoulder. If there is a strain going through a muscle or tendon it will react as if there has been an injury. There will be inflammation and the body will try to ‘heal’ it. The problem is that the tendons will in fact tighten further because of the chemicals released in the inflammatory process. This then adds to the problem as the surrounding muscles are put under strain.
How we treat Tennis Elbow at Richmond Osteopaths
At Richmond Osteopaths we aim to bring the elbow tendons out of their protective mechanism and get them working more efficiently. We also improve the efficiency of the surrounding muscles and joints. Therefore we work on the shoulder and neck as well as the hands and wrist. In addition, exercises are given to improve posture and reduce recurrence of this problem.
Ice. Stretch. Rest. Tennis elbow is a temporary condition not something that you should have for years. We have a high success rate in treating tennis elbow. Avoid letting it become chronic.