Sports Medicine in Austin: Elbow Pain Tips

It’s time for another Austin-area sports medicine 101 class!

If you suffer from elbow pain, you may be experiencing lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow. The lateral epicondyle is the area of the arm that tennis elbow involves is where the tendons and muscles of the forearm attach to the elbow’s outside bony area (referred to as the lateral epicondyle).

Symptoms include:

  • Pain increases slowly around the lateral (outer) part of the elbow.
  • Pain increases when squeezing objects or shaking hands.
  • Pain becomes worse when moving the wrist forcefully or stabilizing it. Examples include opening jars, using tools or lifting objects.
  • Holding, gripping, and pinching objects is difficult

Diagnosis includes:

  • wrist extension is painful when resisted
  • radial deviation is painful when resisted (bending wrist toward thumb)
  • palpation tenderness of the lateral epicondyle

Treatment includes:

  • Manual Therapy
    • Soft tissue massage
    • Trigger point therapy
    • Joint mobilization
  • Stretching
    • Wrist Extensor Stretch
    • Wrist Flexor Stretch
    • Biceps Stretch
    • Triceps Stretch (Overhead)
    • Distal Triceps Stretch (Rock Climbers Stretch)
  • Exercises
  • Modalities
    • Ultrasound, Pulsed
    • E-Stim, Interferential

Other ways to help:

  • Use of tennis elbow brace
  • Use ice for 10-15 minutes, every 2-3 hours
  • Take time off from aggravating activities


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