Tennis elbow, also known as ‘golfer’s elbow’ or ‘pitcher’s elbow’ is a condition where the inner part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. Tennis elbow injury is an overuse injury occurring in the medial side of the elbow region, but more specifically it occurs at the common flexor tendon that originates from then medial epicondyle. Learn about the tennis elbow treatment options available at our clinic.
As one of Melbourne’s leading injury clinics in the northern suburbs and city; we provide care to those in the Melbourne CBD and to all local Reservoir residents and surrounding communities including Bundoora, Rosanna, Fairfield, Watsonia, Heidelberg, Coburg, Heidelberg Heights, Macleod West, Preston, Thomastown & Thornbury.
Before our practitioners can determine the appropriate treatment for your specific elbow injury and its treatment, they will thoroughly assess you with standard medical, Orthopedic and special Osteopathic tests.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury. It occurs over a period of time usually after repetitive lifting or bending of the elbow and wrist or due to clenching of the hand into a fist (grip).
Patients with tennis elbow usually present with pain, inflammation, redness and tenderness at the medial epicondyle of the humerus.
Pain upon flexing the wrist and hand is also present. Stretching the involved flexor muscles may also cause pain as these muscles can be in a contracted state due to overuse.
There are several recommendations regarding prevention, treatment, and avoidance of recurrence that are largely speculative including stretches and progressive strengthening exercises to prevent re-irritation of the tendon and other exercise measures.
Evidence suggests that joint mobilisation with movement directed at the elbow resulted in reduction in pain and improved function.
Positive results have been found with Osteopathic manipulation directed at the cervical spine.
Low level laser therapy administered at specific doses and wavelengths directly to the medial elbow tendon insertions offers short-term pain relief and less disability in LET, both alone and in conjunction with an exercise regimen.
Our clinic also utilises electro-therapeutic modalities which we have found to be very effective as a tennis elbow treatment option.
Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended by your osteopath in order to decrease inflammation and enhance the recovery process.
Other treatment modalities include:
If you have any questions in regards to this condition do not hesitate to call our team to arrange an appointment.