Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow, Tendinitis, Golfer's Elbow
What is tennis elbow?
Lateral epicondylitis, often called tennis elbow, is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow symptoms develop gradually, often beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks and months. You don’t need to be an athlete to develop tennis elbow – it can result from any repetitive overuse motions of the wrist and arm. Occupations that require repetitive motions that may lead to lateral epicondylitis include painting, carpentry, plumbing and more. Exchange Physical Therapy Group offers a wide range of tennis elbow treatment options to help you get back to a pain-free life.
What is golfer’s elbow?
Medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, is an overuse injury like tennis elbow. The main difference between the two conditions is that while tennis elbow affects the outside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. We provide a wide range of golfer’s elbow treatment options to help you find relief.
What causes tennis and golfer’s elbow?
The anterior forearm has several muscles that help you flex your fingers and pronate the wrist. Sometimes this point of insertion becomes inflamed. Damage can occur from repetitive motions. Golf and tennis are common culprits, but any activity or occupation involving the medial epicondyle or lateral epicondyle can exacerbate symptoms.
The following sports are commonly associated with the development of lateral or medial epicondylitis:
- Baseball / softball
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
The most common symptoms of tennis elbow include:
- Outer elbow pain
- Difficulty sleeping due to elbow pain
- Discomfort when pressing on the outer elbow
- Elbow pain when grasping objects
- Elbow pain that gradually increases over time
What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?
The most common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:
- Inner elbow pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arm or fingers
- Weakness in the hands or fingers
- Elbow stiffness
- Elbow tenderness that increases with certain movements
Do I need PT for tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow?
Exchange Physical Therapy Group offers a wide variety of treatment options for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, whether it’s prescribed non-operative care or post-surgical rehabilitation. Our team has the experience and personalized approach to care that can help you return to the activities you love without elbow pain. We utilize the latest and most cutting-edge technologies to diagnose and treat your elbow condition and improve your elbow function.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, visit one of our locations in Jersey City, Hoboken, or Weehawken. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.