Having a comprehensive assessment by a physiotherapist it can be of tremendous value in helping you understand the role that your daily routine and activities may be playing in regard to your tennis elbow. They can complete a detailed biomechanical and postural exam, and help you develop healthy motor patterns again by designing a specific program to restore the function and mobility of your elbow. To start, it is important to give the elbow some relative rest for a while by discontinuing any activities that worsen the symptoms. This may even mean resting the elbow for several weeks.
Strength exercises and stretching techniques, which are best guided by a physiotherapist, help the injured muscles or tendons heal and tolerate normal loads again. This strategy is also useful for restoring the mobility of the elbow.
Physiotherapy, in particular, may involve a combination of methods such as muscle-stimulation techniques, massage, manual therapy, and exercise. It may also be recommended that you try wearing a brace, which provides extra support and load sharing for the muscles and tendons that need time to heal.
In the majority of cases, individuals fully recover without having to receive invasive treatment.
Brian Empey, BPE, DipSIM, CAT(C), BHScPT, RCAMT, is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Physiotherapist at Be In Motion Physical Therapy in Oakville, ON. Brian is a graduate of Sheridan College's Sports Injury Management Program in 1996 and McMaster University's Physiotherapy Program in 2000.
He has worked in professional sports with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and New York Islanders. Learn more at www.beinmotion.ca.