Serena, John Henry, & Michael Phelps: Tennis Elbow Targets

Hammer hang-up.

The Golf Chip. 

Swimmer’s Sacrifice. 

The above phrases are just as reasonable to use as a nickname for lateral epicondylitis (LE) as the one the world uses– tennis elbow. It is unfair that tennis elbow is exclusively the nickname of LE. That phrase diminishes LE’s far-reaching tentacles of pain and the number of activities that lend themselves to LE. 

Lateral Epicondylitis’ Trigger

LE is caused by repetitive stress on the elbow joint, which often happens when the muscles on the top of the forearm are overused. Those who swing a hammer are just as susceptible to LE as those who swing a tennis racquet or golf club. LE’s nickname, tennis elbow, immediately implants the word elbow in your mind when in actuality, your wrist is just as crucial in the LE conversation. Although LE is synonymous with pain near the outside of the elbow, it’s the fact that the pain worsens with activities requiring repetitive wrist movement that typically clarifies the presence of LE.

Performance PTW’s Effective Approach

Enter Performance Physical Therapy & Wellness (Performance PTW). Instead of preaching a quick fix that works as well as a bandaid on a busted pipe, Performance PTW advises people with LE to rest. Performance PTW understands that as the elbow bends and straightens, it rubs against the elbow’s bony prominence, which causes gradual wear and tear of the tendon. As the tendon weakens from overuse, microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches, causing inflammation and pain. Over time this becomes a degenerative condition in which the tendon does not heal properly.

Along with rest, Performance PTW recommends specific arm exercises to strengthen and stretch the arm muscles. Performance PTW relieved LE suffers from their pain with hands-on techniques such as:

Additionally, anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, steroid injections, and modification of the workstation are all conversation-worthy topics that Performance PTW helps LE sufferers work through. The bottom line is that those who suffer from LE do not need to do so alone. Performance PTW believes they “do good by putting the patient first” and that it’s crucial to execute “treatments tailored to you.” They are skilled, seasoned, and ready to tackle your physical ailments. Performance PTW doesn’t use a cookie-cutter approach; they use a tailored-to-you approach.

Stop suffering alone– Performance PTW is here to help, and as soon as you seek and receive their expertise and wisdom, you’re going to feel better. Contact us today for more information.

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