Osteopathy Treats Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Elbow – Water Bucket Elbow

Tennis elbow is a pain or ache that is felt on the outside of the elbow due to an injury to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. Most people experience a gradual onset of pain that is intermittent at first then gradually becomes present more of the time. In some instances the pain may come on suddenly. The pain is usually around the outside of the elbow although you may feel some stiffness along the top of the forearm too. Repetitive strain or trauma leads to micro tears in the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon (ECRB) close to where it inserts on to the bone (called the lateral epicondyle of the humerus) this initiates an inflammatory process causing pain and discomfort.

Often the condition is present long before the person actually starts to feel the pain, and usually only pain to touch, or when bumping into door frames. People may experience symptoms which range from pain while gripping objects (shaking hands, picking up a kettle, carrying a briefcase, brushing teeth) or resisted wrist/finger extension or when the muscles are stretched but also to a constant and unremitting ache that disturbs sleep.

It can often be linked to an increase in a specific repetitive activity or a new type of activity with repeated extension of the wrist against resistance (onset of tennis season, DIY, typing, bricklaying, sewing, knitting, excessive computer use, hairdressing, playing the violin, gardening, picking up buckets of water) or incorrect technique or overuse of weights, dropping a heavy weight without control (i.e. kettlebell swings) and excessive gripping. Through accumulation or excessive movement, the forearm muscles develop muscle contractures and fascial adhesions which make them tight, weak and […]