Physiotherapy for Tennis Elbow — Shockwave Therapy!
Suffering from pain in your elbow? We can help!
What is Tennis Elbow and How our Oakville Physiotherapist can HELP!
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis addresses an inflammatory condition involving the muscle group which attaches to the bony knob on the outside of your elbow. Our Oakville Physiotherapy Team says “The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged because of over worked or repetitive motion of the elbow”. Vinaya, our physiotherapist sees tennis elbow injuries of all types, some from sports others from overuse and computers.
At our Oakville clinic: Shockwave treatment for tennis elbow is an effective form of elbow physiotherapy that our Oakville physiotherapy clinic provides to patients. Vinaya has great results with shockwave along with other modern therapies in the treatment of tennis elbow.
What causes Tennis Elbow?
Depending on the stage of the Tennis Elbow injury it can be classified as tendinitis, involving small micro-tears and inflammation in the tendon, or tendinosis if the injury becomes chronic, which involves degenerative changes in the tendon.
Our Oakville Physiotherapy team says this type of condition usually develops over time from repetitive aggravating motions at the wrist which require a tight grip or hold on an object. It commonly affects people who:
- Play Racquet Sports
- Weight Lift
- Gardening Activities ex. Raking
- Use a mouse and keyboard
- Assembly Line Work
- Computer Work
Common symptoms of tennis elbow at our Oakville Physiotherapy Clinic are; pain or tenderness around the outside of the elbow and/or pain which may radiate down the forearm. This may lead to weakness in the muscle group which pulls the wrist back, which can ultimately lead to aggravation during during hand activities, such as, gripping to lift an object, making a fist, or opening a door. Come in today to get that nagging elbow injury fixed by one of our Oakville physiotherapists.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may require elbow physiotherapy or tennis elbow treatment.
Golfers Elbow Treatment in Oakville
Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a very similar condition to tennis elbow, except that it involves the muscle group attaching to the inside of your elbow. Our Oakville Physiotherapists treat all ages of clients with golfers elbow, even though most of them have never played a round of golf in their life. Pain or tenderness will be found on the inside of the elbow and may radiate down the forearm and wrist. You may find weakness with activities that require flexing of the wrist as well. Golfer’s elbow will likely require physiotherapy as a treatment option.
Aggravating activities are similar to those of tennis elbow, such as gripping an object to lift, shaking hands, or turning a door knob. Treatment protocols would follow that of tennis elbow.
Elbow physiotherapy treatment for Golfers Elbow
Oakville physiotherapy for tennis elbow or golfers elbow and tendinitis starts with managing active inflammation. You will know if there is active inflammation if the area is warm to the touch compared to the surrounding tissue, and if it appears to be red, swollen or puffy. You need to remove the aggravating activity as much as possible. Icing the elbow will help reduce pain and limit the amount of inflammation building in the area.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow will include:
- Shockwave Therapy
- Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)
- Muscle Release Techniques and Mobilizations
- Bracing and at home exercises and icing instructions
- Workplace ergonomic assessment
The elbow physiotherapy treatment at our Oakville physiotherapy clinic can help you guide the swelling out of the area using hands on treatment, as well as give you advice for using compression and elevation at home to help prevent degeneration of the tissues. We will help decrease tension in the surrounding muscles to help take stress off the injured tendon, using both hands on treatment and showing you flexibility exercises you can do at home. Our Oakville Acupuncturist Dr. Jenn loving treating tennis elbow. She has a great success rate with Acupuncture for treating both tennis and golfers elbow.
Once it is appropriate, we will show you strengthening exercises to help make the muscle/tendon stronger preventing further recurrence of this condition. We can help you decide when it is safe to return to full activity and give you other tips and tricks to help prevent these conditions from returning!
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If you think you require elbow physiotherapy or tennis elbow treatment, contact our Oakville physiotherapy clinic today.