Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common elbow injury of racket sport players and overuse of the computer keyboard and mouse. Golfer’s elbow is pain on the medial aspect of the elbow. Both are repetitive strain injuries that cause inflammation of the muscles of the forearm. Symptoms of both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow include pain, soreness, and weakness in those muscles of the forearm.
Physical therapy for the elbow can include stretches and pain free strengthening. Modalities like heat, ultrasound and or laser are also used to reduce inflammation. Most importantly, people with elbow pain should avoid the activities that cause forearm pain (e.g., playing tennis) until the injury heals. Wearing an elbow and forearm brace can help rehabilitate the elbow and prevent recurrence once it has healed. We offer several different options for braces here at Cynergy physical therapy once a specific diagnosis is identified.