What is LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS (TENNIS ELBOW)?
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis can consist of the following symptoms:
Pain from the outer elbow to the back of the wrist.
Numbness and/or tingling at the back of the hand.
Pain and difficulty gripping and reaching
Easily fatigued with involved arm
Lateral epicondylitis has two primary presentations:
Tendonitis is a direct injury to the tendon where inflammation (swelling) causes symptoms.
Tendinosis is a chronic condition that can cause micro tears which decreases the integrity of the elbow tendons.
COMMON CAUSES OF tennis elbow
Avoid repetitive wrist bending and forearm rotation
Avoid forceful gripping
Avoid any lift, push, or pull activities with the elbow extended
Lift close to the body and with both arms
Minimize or slow down repetitive activity and rest arm frequently
Use a light grip on tools, pens, or mouse
Position the mouse close to the body
Use enlarged grips with tools or kitchen gadgets
How hand therapy can help:
Symptom management techniques to reduce discomfort
Modalities to facilitate the healing process
Orthotics to provide support and prevent symptom aggravation
Education on body awareness, detecting body cues, and proper posture/positioning
Recommendations for ergonomic equipment
Injury specific strengthening program to increase strength and restore function
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Contact us today to schedule an evaluation.