Tennis elbow is a common condition that causes pain in the elbow. One might mistakenly assume this condition is caused by playing tennis or racquetball. While players could obtain this injury, other people are also afflicted with tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow physiotherapy treatments and services in Brampton at Physiotherapy First is one of the most effective ways to treat this condition. Our unique approach assesses the patient and develops a custom-tailored treatment plan based on their needs and concerns.

What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow occurs from the overuse of the forearm muscles. The tendons attached to the muscles and the elbow region become inflamed. This inflammation is what causes pain and discomfort. Some of the common underlying factors that could lead to tennis elbow could include any of the following:

  • Shoulder Stiffness – The shoulder is connected to the arms, and the arms to the elbows and the wrists. When there is stiffness in the shoulders, it can place strain on the arms, and in effect, the tendons that are attached to the muscles in the upper and lower arms.
  • Poor Posture/Ergonomics – If you sit slouched over your desk, or do not have your chair, keyboard, or desk in the right positions, muscle strain and tightness can occur in various parts of the body. The added strain on these muscles, especially the ones in the arm, could lead to tennis elbow.
  • Repetitive Movements – Tennis elbow is often caused by doing the same movements over and over, especially those of the hands, wrists, elbows, or upper arms. These movements can gradually tear the tendons so that when faced with a single movement at a higher strain level, it can cause injury.
  • Upper Back and Neck Tightness – Tightness in these areas, as well as pain and discomfort, can increase the likelihood of developing tennis elbow. The nerve endings in this area are connected to the nerves in the elbow, so it is not unheard of to have a complaint of pain shooting down the arms to the elbows.
  • Overstraining of the Muscles in the Arms – If you overstain the muscles in the arms, it can lead to muscle strains and sprains, as well as place excess force on the tendons. This type of injury is common in people who lift weights or play sports. They attempt to go too fast and not give their bodies time to adjust gradually.

What Are Some Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

The most common symptoms of tennis elbow are pain and discomfort in the elbow region. You might notice a sharp and sudden shooting pain that comes and goes. You may have a constant pain that moderates from mild to more severe discomfort. Patients also complain of pain when moving the arm, bending the elbow, pushing or pulling an object, or attempting to grip or lift an object.

What Are Some Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

The most common symptoms of tennis elbow are pain and discomfort in the elbow region. You might notice a sharp and sudden shooting pain that comes and goes. You may have a constant pain that moderates from mild to more severe discomfort. Patients also complain of pain when moving the arm, bending the elbow, pushing or pulling an object, or attempting to grip or lift an object.

How Does Physiotherapy Treatments and Services Help with Tennis Elbow?

The specific purpose of physiotherapy is to develop an effective treatment plan to address the current complaint as well as the underlying causes for the tennis elbow. Some of the more common treatments used to this condition include:

  • Manual Manipulation – Your physiotherapist uses soft tissue manipulation to massage the area and promote healing responses.
  • Electrical Wave Therapy – Small electrical wave impulses are sent to the area to help stimulate healing responses by increasing blood flow to the area.
  • Hot and Cold Therapies – Heating pads and cold packs can be used to help alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Exercise Therapy – Your physiotherapist will teach you specific exercises to help repair, restrengthen, and recover from the injury.

It is important to remember these are just some of the treatments and services that could be used. Each patient will have their own unique needs and concerns. At Physiotherapy First, your physiotherapist will conduct a detailed examination of the affected area to determine the most appropriate tennis elbow physiotherapy treatments and services that benefit you.

They will also provide you with education about your Tennis elbow and invite you to help in creating your custom-tailored treatment plan.

Why Choose Physiotherapy First?

Physiotherapy First provides access to highly trained and educated physiotherapists in Brampton. Our physiotherapists participate frequently in special certification programs that focus on specific areas of the body where physiotherapy can be used to treat the condition, such as tennis elbow.

Furthermore, our physiotherapists receive ongoing education and training to ensure you receive the highest quality of care and treatment. For further information about Tennis elbow physiotherapy treatments and services in Brampton, or to schedule a consultation with one of our physiotherapists, please feel free to contact Physiotherapy First at 905-796-6662 today!

We would be happy to discuss your health benefits plan coverage, answer any questions you may have, and help you start feeling better.

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