Lateral Epicondylitis; not just for tennis players
"Tennis elbow" is often a repetitive use injury of the wrist extensors- the most commonly irritated muscle is the extensor carpi radialis brevis. But often the entire extensor group is pretty unhappy.
A quick "screen" to determine if this is your problem area is to flip your forearm so the palm of your hand is facing downward, now wiggle your middle finger and feel for the muscle to "pop" out near the elbow. If this reproduces your pain, chances are good this is your issue.
Repetitive twisting and gripping motions often irritate this area. Certainly not just tennis. Common complaints are: ⚡️hand/grip weakness ⚡️pain in the elbow ⚡️burning/tingling- it often gets worse with motion as it fatigues. . Sometimes working the tissue is a good start point. I like working the extensors, triceps and going after some nerve flossing to cover your bases.
But in the case of a tendinitis our best solution is to progressively load the area to regain strength and endurance.
Keep in mind the elbow is an in between joint- if you're having issues here you have to look up and down stream for the main culprits. Main area upstream? Scapular stability.
Why the Scaps? Scapular stability has been shown to help reduce overload probability of the wrist extensors. It all works together.
As always, the quickest way to get on your path of healing is to get a concrete diagnosis and focused treatment plan. We can help. Contact us today to learn more!
The doctors at Dauntless Sport & Spine clinic use a combination of manual therapy, chiropractic and rehab efforts to help get you back to doing what you love, faster.
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