John Brannon is a patient at our Cool Springs-Franklin clinic. John loves to play golf in his early retirement, but after too much golf, John came down with a case of Golfer’s Elbow, also known as Tennis Elbow. What was originally elbow tendonitis turned into a much more painful case as John tried to keep playing through the pain.
For tennis elbow, after a few visits to your physical therapist, he or she will give you an HEP. A home exercise program, or HEP, is a list of exercises your therapist will assign for you to do on your own at home. It’s a toolbox that you need to use to take responsibility for your healing process.
For tennis elbow, the first couple sessions of physical therapy will focus on gentle range of motion exercises and giving the tendons in the elbow a chance to heal. Your therapist will also talk to you about activity modification to hopefully eliminate or at least lessen the effects of the repetitive motion causing your pain.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that affects not just athletes, but anyone who performs repetitive motions of the wrist, forearm, or elbow. It is caused by inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of your elbow, usually from overuse.
The elbow is made up of three long bones,
Karen Phillips has been battling a myriad of arm problems including tennis elbow, trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome. This past episode included her hand locking up around a car part at her work. She was working hard trying to get orders out and her hand just froze around the part. She had to have someone assist her in getting the part out of her hand.
Lateral Epicondylitis, aka Tennis Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis is an inflammatory process of the proximal portion of the muscles responsible for wrist and finger extension. These muscles arise from an area of the Humerus (upper arm bone) known as the Lateral Epicondyle and then attach at various points on the dorsal wrist and fingers.