Tennis Elbow and Kinesiology Taping is a common solution to Tennis Elbow. Here we are, in the middle of tennis season! Wimbledon’s buzz has enticed us to pick up our racquets and head to the courts! And why not? It’s a great sport. Like any physical activity, whilst it’s great for our all-around health, it can come with the odd common injury! The most common are lower limb injuries such as ankle and knee sprains & strains.
This is due to the high impact nature of the sport; the jarring, the pivoting & the pounding. All this can place the soft tissues under great stress-causing sudden and acute or chronic overuse injuries. An upper limb injury cause is often by fast and repetitive arm movement.
These couple with high forces and loading placed upon the arm upon racquet impact. These injuries see overuse in nature. A common upper limb injury we see is lateral epicondylitis. More commonly known as tennis elbow.
However, you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow! We see many people all year round presenting with it. They come from many professions where they need to use their arm repetitively. These include dentists, electricians, decorators, musicians, and desk-based workers (typing).
Tennis Elbow. What is it?
When the muscles and tendons of the forearm overload and overstress, micro-tears and inflammation can occur. These are often near the point at which the forearm muscles attach to the outside elbow (the lateral epicondyle). The patient will experience pain outside of the forearm along with pain when bending the arm. Also, lifting, and gripping small objects, and twisting the arm. There may also be restricted movement in the arm, and it is not easy to extend fully.
How do we treat it?
We find in the TLC clinic that the soft tissue in the forearm is incredibly tight and sensitive to touch. The area around the elbow can feel very hard where it should be soft and pliable. It is often painful too! The idea is to loosen the soft tissue, increase circulation and promote muscle/tendon repair. We tend not to go straight into the site of pain. This is not easy to work on straight away. It can be painful and uncomfortable to the patient, leading to more tension and thus is counterproductive. So, we start by loosening the rest of the forearm. Gently, we work around the elbow until it gives a little bit and becomes less painful to treat. This can take time. Usually, 2 or 3 treatments really benefit the soft tissue work. However, it does work, and we get very successful outcomes!
Tennis Elbow and Kinesiology Taping – A Good Solution
Whilst there are no helpful stretches we can give you for this type of injury. However, we can help you with k-taping or kinesiology taping. We can even show you how to do it yourself at home. This will provide the area some support whilst still allowing movement to be able to carry out everyday tasks.