Elbow pain is a common finding in active people; in fact, overuse in day-to-day tasks leads to lateral epicondylitis (AKA tennis elbow) just as often as sport-related mechanisms. Whether it’s typing, painting, sweeping or attacking on the backhand, this is an area that will affect your livelihood every single day if given the opportunity.
From Johns Hopkins Medicine:
- Tennis elbow can be caused by trauma to the elbow or more often by repeated stress on the elbow tendons such as from sports or use of certain tools.
- Symptoms of tennis elbow can include pain or weakness when grasping and aches or pain in the elbow area.
- Treatment of tennis elbow includes: activity modification, ice, medicine, stretching, braces and injections. Surgery is rarely used to treat tennis elbow.
Injections can help but also hinder (as repeated damage leads to degradation of tissue, etc), bracing interrupts force, and stretching, well, that’s temporary.
Here’s what we advise:
- Get an assessment done by your medical practitioner
- Make modifications to your movements or behaviour as recommended
- Use kinesiology for day-to-day support and pain relief.