…But I don’t even play tennis!
Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondyalgia is a very common condition that affects many people on, and off the court. It is due to repetitive strain of the common tendon of your wrist extensors, where the muscles anchor to the bone, (on the outside of your elbow). These muscles are in charge of extending your wrist and fingers back, as well as gripping. Over time, with repetitive use, these muscles can become tight and pull on the attachment point for the tendon, which can then become inflamed. It can occur with repetitive movements such as computer work, gripping, and of course, tennis.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
In addition to this, using the Mulligan technique has been shown in the research to be an effective way to address pain and dysfunction associated with tennis elbow. The Mulligan technique utilizes mobilization with movement to try to decrease pain and increase function. It does so by modifying the input into the central nervous system and helps to desensitize painful structures, allowing once painful movements to be pain-free.
During the technique, the therapist applies pressure on the elbow through a belt as the patient performs a typically uncomfortable task (i.e.: gripping). While the mobilization is in place, the goal is for the patient to note less pain and increased ability to perform the once painful task. If the patient notes an improvement with the mobilization with movement technique, the method is then repeated a few times, and a home procedure can then be taught to the patient to reproduce these results at home.
The literature tells us that over time, the use of this technique can significantly reduce pain and increase function long term and is a helpful tool to assist with rehabilitation of the elbow as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
I have found mobilizations with movement to be very helpful for this, and many other conditions such as shoulder pain, low back pain, and even hip pain.
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