Despite its name tennis elbow is often not caused by tennis. The name generally refers to pain at the outer side of the elbow joint due to damage to the muscles and tendons in this area. This damage can occur as a result of repetitive movement of the wrist and forearm such as would occur in certain sports, hobbies and occupations. Symptoms may include a dull ache at the outer side of the elbow at rest, tenderness at the outer side of the elbow, pain at the outer side of the elbow when moving the wrist and forearm and difficulties with grasping objects with the hand.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s elbow pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods and bracing, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises to strengthen the muscles. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.