Understanding and Treating Tennis Elbow

Are you experiencing discomfort around the outer elbow, especially during activities like gripping, lifting, or weight training? You might be dealing with Tennis Elbow, a condition that doesn’t necessarily require you to play tennis to develop it. Let our expert physios shed light on this common ailment and guide you through effective treatment options.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow manifests as pain in the tendons on the outside of the elbow, often occurring when the demands of an activity surpass the tolerance of these tendons. This could result from a sudden increase in repetitive motions at the gym, prolonged periods of gripping and twisting, or participation in dynamic sports like tennis. The onset of tennis elbow can be rapid or gradual, with symptoms typically worsening over time.

Understanding Treatment Options

The first step in managing tennis elbow is identifying the factors contributing to tendon overload and hindered recovery. At West Kirby Physio, we employ the FITT principles:

  1. Frequency: Assessing how often activities are performed, recognizing that tendons may require longer recovery periods.
  2. Intensity: Evaluating the level of strain placed on the tendons during activities.
  3. Time: Determining the duration of aggravating activities.
  4. Type: Recognizing whether activities involve slow, sustained grip or rapid, dynamic movements.

Based on this assessment, we tailor modifications to activities to alleviate strain on the affected tendons, aiming to facilitate the healing process without completely ceasing valued activities. Additionally, we offer cutting-edge shockwave therapy (ESWT) to promote tendon healing and alleviate pain.

Our Approach to Rehabilitation

In conjunction with shockwave therapy, we implement targeted exercises to strengthen the affected tendons and address any contributing factors in surrounding areas of the body. By gradually increasing the capacity of the affected area to tolerate activity demands, we pave the way for a safe and successful return to normal activities.

Take Action Today

If you’re experiencing symptoms consistent with tennis elbow, it’s crucial to undergo a comprehensive assessment to confirm the diagnosis and initiate an effective treatment plan. Contact our team at West Kirby Physio to schedule your assessment and explore the benefits of shockwave therapy in alleviating your discomfort and restoring function. Don’t let tennis elbow hold you back – reclaim your mobility and vitality with our expert guidance and innovative treatment solutions.