Or to give it the medical terminology 'Lateral
Epicondylitis'. This is a common condition that effects the outside of your
elbow. It results from inflammation and micro tearing of the fibres in the
tendons that extend your forearm.
As mentioned you don't have to be a
sportsperson to incur this condition, it can arise from repetitive forceful
turning (supination/pronation) of the forearm extensor muscles.
Non-Sport: Jobs such as using a screwdriver on a daily basis,
gardeners for excess pruning, plasterers from high demand turning the
wrist/forearm and hand.
Sport: Most racquet sports, polo, hockey (golf
affects the medial side of the elbow)
But that's not the whole story.
Why does it happen?
There can be various predisposing factors as to why
this happens. It can be as a direct result of taking up a new activity or sport
that your forearms have not been used to. Also there could be weakness in the
shoulder or wrist muscles which cannot support the demands on the smaller
muscles of the elbow. There could also be an imbalance between the flexors and
the extensor muscles in the forearm.
If it's a racquet sport induced
injury, then it may be worth getting your technique checked out and address if
the racquet is strung too tightly - these can all be easily rectifiable factors
which may be of comfort to know that you won't have to give up your sport
Self Help: What can you do to help yourself prior to
Temporary rest away from the activities that provoke symptoms, ice, gentle stretching
I've tried that and I've tried anti-inflammatories but it's not going away........
What can Osteopaths do to help?
Assess and diagnose if you have Lateral Epicondylitis
Advise you on how to deal with it according to your circumstance
Treatment incorporating a range of techniques and modalities designed to manage and rehabilitate
you as an individual
Advice on addressing any imbalance found on examination
Strengthening exercises given where required