Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is caused by repeated overuse of the wrist/elbow.  This is often due to faulty mechanics with rotational sports (tennis serve, golf swing, etc.).

– Ineffective mechanics at shoulder/core/hip.

– Weakness or tightness of the wrist extensors.

– Inefficient swing mechanics.

– Pain radiating from outside of the elbow to forearm/wrist. 

– Tenderness of the bone at the outside of your elbow. 

– Elbow/wrist stiffness.

– Pain gets worse with holding/swinging/gripping/turning objects.

At Home Diagnostic Tests

Cozen’s Sign (video).

– Resisted 3rd Finger Extension (video).

 

At Home Care

– Massage extensor mass.

– Wrist extensor stretching.

When to Seek Help

If the pain continues or gets worse after 1 week, schedule an appointment with your physical therapist.

Inspired Athletx Treatment

Treatment for tennis elbow at Inspired Athletx begins with manual therapy to the muscles of your forearm and joints of your wrist and elbow, as well as other areas contributing to inefficient movement and overuse of the elbow/wrist.   Dry needling is very effective for this condition, and is included in treatment whenever possible.  Corrective exercise focuses on reducing stress through the elbow/wrist by addressing the issues at the hip, core, back, and shoulder that are causing the overuse – treat the cause, not the symptoms.