ALSO CALLED: LATERAL EPICONDYLITISWhat is it? “Tennis Elbow” occurs when the connective tissue around the outside of the forearm/elbow becomes irritated or damaged. Medically referred to as tendonitis (“itis” meaning inflammation) Who is it Common in? Although, it is referred to as Tennis elbow it is most commonly seen in people after prolonged periods of overuse around the home, such as when gardening on a sunny day for hours, painting the home or doing handy man actives that require repeated drilling or hammering. It can be seen in racquet sport players and often seen in golfers. it is most common at about age 40. Causes: Tennis elbow can be caused by repetitive wrist and arm motions. These motions can cause strain on muscle and stress on tendons, it is this constant tugging that can eventually cause tissue damage. Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow. This is where the injured tendons attach to the bone. This pain may transfer into the upper or lower arm. Management and Treatment Plan: Diagnosis of “tennis elbow” is done via examination of arm, wrist and elbow movements to see where the discomfort lies. This injury can take many months to heal; however, with the correct treatment the recovery is far more rapid. Management techniques include: Typically includes massage, home exercise, bracing and strapping, – however at Bodyline Health we offer dry needling along with adjustive techniques (to neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist), which are all unique and absolutely critical in the more prompt and full recovery from this injury. Interested? If you or someone you know are currently suffering from lateral epicondylitis or even pain or discomfort around the elbow, give us a call to book an appointment with one of our practitioners today!