Osteopathy & Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is often caused by overuse/repetitive strain, or a change in your usual pattern of use- causing damage of tendons around your elbow. In many people, symptoms improve over time just by stopping activities that bring on the symptoms. Studies have not yet confirmed the best way to treat tennis elbow. Painkillers may help to ease the pain until the condition improves. A steroid injection may also ease pain in the short term, but manual therapy & exercise has been shown to have better long term outcomes over six months.
- Tennis elbow is a condition where you have pain on the outer side of the elbow. You don’t need to play tennis to cause it!
- it is also often referred to as Lateral Epicondylitis
- 1 -3% of the population suffer from it
- peak age 40 – 50 years of age
- Male and females equally affected
- Diagnoses which should be excluded are referred pain from the cervical spine, osteoarthritis of the elbow, and radial tunnel syndrome (compression of the posterior inter-osseous nerve).
- In 90% of patients with tennis elbow non surgical intervention is successful. ( Lo and Safran 2007)
Osteopathy & Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
Golfer’s elbow ( Medial Epicondylitis) is the name given to a similar condition that produces pain around the inner side of your elbow, and therefore can be expected to respond/ behave in a similar as tennis elbow.
- Osteopaths are trained in “differential diagnosis” and by taking a detailed case history and listening to your story and assessing the way the structures around your elbow wrist and shoulder, neck move in relation to one another (musculo- skeletal system). This can determine whether you have this muscular/tendon problem
- Osteopaths are trained to use a wide range of manual techniques Osteopaths are trained in clinical reasoning and can advise you ,as an individual, to help you decide the best action/options to take to improve your symptoms, which may include,; advice on lifestyle, suitable medication, working posture, adaptations during sport and the current efficacy of different orthosies, such as splints and supports. ( Calfee et al 2008)
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Bisset et al in (2011) and in a RCT randomised controlled trial in (2006)concluded that in the short term, up to 6 weeks, cortico steroid injection was beneficial but physical manual therapy had superior benefits lasting after 6 weeks. Go to this link for further information