Tennis elbow is the layperson term for an injury on the outside portion of the elbow us science people call lateral epicondylopathy. We’ll stick with tennis elbow. This injury is not limited to tennis players, however. People who frequently use their hand, wrist, and arm for work or exercise can be prone to this type of injury as well.
Tennis elbow occurs when the stress put on the elbow exceeds the ability of the elbow to handle that stress. The specific tissue involved is the tendon that connects the outside portion of the elbow to the forearm muscles.
When treating tennis elbow rest or a temporary decrease in activity might be necessary in the short term. Rest will usually help calm down any immediate irritation, but it’s important to begin strengthening the tendons around the elbow as soon as possible. The strength exercises we use at TruMotion are designed to target the specific tissues in the elbow that need strengthened. Once a foundation of strength is gained we begin progressively returning you to the activities once found painful.
Here’s the tricky thing. There are several things that can mimic tennis elbow causing pain in the same area, so it’s important to determine the actual cause of the pain.
Neck problems having to do with the muscles or joints can refer pain to the elbow.
Poor shoulder mechanics can put excess stress on the elbow.
The nerves that run through the arm can become “pinched” causing elbow pain.
The elbow joint (as opposed to the tendon) can be the problem.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elbow pain, we are here to help!