Lateral epicondylitis

This can occur with repetitive use of the forearm muscles for work, sports, or leisure activity. The muscles that you use to grip, twist, and carry objects attach long the outside aspect of the elbow. This is why a movement in the wrist or hand can cause pain in the elbow. People between the ages of 30 to 50 are affected more often.

What are the symptoms of lateral epicondylitis?

  • Pain in the forearm and wrist
  • Difficulty doing common tasks such as turning a door knob
  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Increased pain when you use your hand and wrist to do such things as opening a jar, lifting an object, or gripping something tightly.
  • Stiffness in the elbow
  • Weakness in the forearm, wrist, or hand

How can a Physical Therapist help?

  • Instruction on modifying your activity to reduce stress to the muscles and tendons for joint protection.
  • Instruction on the proper use of cold therapy to reduce inflammation and decrease symptoms
  • Instruction in the use of splints or bracing to support the joint to allow for healing.
  • Use manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization to assist in symptom reduction and tissue repair
  • Instruction in strengthening exercises to promote greater joint stability and muscle health
  • Instruction in range of motion exercises to promote increased flexibility
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