Whether you are trying this for the first time, re-living the glory days, or picking back up after too much turkey and stuffing, it’s advisable to ease into things to reduce the risk of injuring an out-of-condition body. A common tennis-related injury that we see at Action Rehab Hand Physiotherapy this time of year is tennis elbow treatment.
Put simply, Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is inflammation or irritation of the tendon on the outside of your elbow joint. It is common in any job that requires repetitive bending of the wrist in a backward direction such as typing. The repetitive wrist movements with load cause minute tearing of the tendon, and over time this may lead to swelling and pain. It is really common in the over 40’s. The problem can become chronic if the tears are not given adequate time to heal and strengthen. The aim of therapy for this condition is to reduce pain by supporting the wrist and increasing strength in wrist extensors, pronators and supinators.
You might be reading this thinking you’re not at risk because you don’t play tennis. However, Tennis Elbow doesn’t really happen to Tennis players. If you’re a typist, bricklayer, painter and decorator, carpenter, musician or tailor (as well as many others), you are also at risk of developing this condition.
So it could be that you’re trying a new gym program and you’re a bit out of condition, or it might be your technique, or maybe an imbalance somewhere along the chain from your neck to your fingers (quite possibly it is all of the above) – either way if you suspect something might be developing, or if you want to be proactive and prevent it from happening, see Action Rehab Hand Physiotherapist as soon as possible.