What is tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)?
Tennis elbow is pain located at the outside of the elbow. It is the most common overuse injury (repetitive stress) of the elbow, and causes inflammation and microtearing of the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. It generally affects adults over the age of 30 and approximately 5% of patients attribute their tennis elbow to playing tennis.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)?
The hallmark symptom is pain at the outside of the elbow that can usually be pinpointed. You may experience a burning sensation and/or ache that can travel down the forearm. You may also notice a decrease in your grip strength.
How do you treat tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)?
The first step in treatment is to avoid activities that make it worse. Reaggravating the injury is only going to make it more stubborn and prolong your recovery. When OTC medications are not enough, acupuncture and physical therapy are highly effective non-surgical treatment options. The combination of acupuncture and physical therapy have yielded great results for our patients.
Frank Failla, DPT, Jason Sargis, LAc, and Christine Marcarian, LAc are experts in effectively treating tennis elbow. If you are suffering from tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) do not hesitate to give us a call.
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