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Tennis Elbow Hand Therapy
“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”
Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.
Tennis elbow, also known as
- lateral epicondylosis
- lateral tendinosis or
- lateral epicondylitis
refers to a painful elbow condition that involves tendons located around the outside of the elbow.
These tendons, which anchor muscle to bone, work to extend the wrist or fingers.
Over time and use causes these tendons to wear out and degenerate, weakening the attachment site and placing a strain on the muscles.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
Patients typically complain of pain around their elbow, usually on the bony point just above the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle.
The area may be tender to touch.
Patients may report weakness and an inability to perform their normal activities of daily living, such as
- lifting a cup of coffee
- wearing/undoing a bra
- pulling a zip
- opening a canned drink
What causes tennis elbow?
Many patients diagnosed with tennis elbow have never played tennis at all!
Any activity, such as gripping or repeated grasping, can strain the tendon attachment to the lateral epicondyle.
The most common age group is between 30-60 years old, although it can occur in younger and older patients.
What is the treatment for tennis elbow?
Conservative (nonsurgical) treatment through a physician can include
- anti-inflammatory medications and
- steroid injections into the painful area
A physician can also provide a referral to our senior hand therapist (note that you do not need a referral form to see our senior physiotherapists or senior hand therapists - you can just contact us and make an appointment).
Tennis elbow release surgery is often only considered if the pain is severe, and/or symptoms have been present for six months or longer.
What can a hand therapist do for me?
Orthosis for tennis elbow to help rest the affected area
Our senior hand therapist will provide conservative (non-invasive, no injections) management for the treatment of tennis elbow, with the goal to return the patient back to normal work, home and sports activities.
We can help identify what activities might aggravate symptoms, and discuss activity modifications.
A custom-fabricated brace or orthosis for the wrist might be recommended to rest the area. Various treatments can be utilized, such as
Our senior hand therapist will often prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises. Following any surgery for tennis elbow, therapy is important to regain motion and strength.
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture,
core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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