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Alleviating Tennis Elbow with Vail-Summit Physical Therapy

Updated: Jun 12




Have you ever experienced tenderness and pain on the outside of your elbow that just won’t go away? You may have tennis elbow. Vail-Summit Physical Therapy (VSPT) is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients in Eagle, and Summit Counites suffering from tennis elbow.


This guide from our expert team of physical therapists illuminates the patient journey to effectively treat tennis elbow. We dive into strategies to manage symptoms, building strength, and restore elbow function through physical therapy.


What is Tennis Elbow?


Tennis elbow, medically termed lateral epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. This discomfort is often caused by overuse or repetitive strain on the elbow tendons, leading to inflammation and micro-tears. Tennis elbow is commonly seen in athletes who participate in tennis, or badminton. It is also seen in individuals who have an acute impact on the elbow or who overuse the forearm muscles, such as in gardening or decorating.


Symptoms of tennis elbow include:


  • Pain when lifting or gripping objects

  • Weakened grip strength

  • Discomfort that radiates down the forearm


How to use Physical Therapy to Treat Elbow Tendonitis


Once you have been diagnosed with tennis elbow, your journey to recovery begins. In most cases, lateral epicondylitis treatment is managed conservatively. At Vail-Summit Physical Therapy, we have successfully treated many patients who suffered from tennis elbow. Our approach integrates targeted exercises, manual techniques, dry needling, and patient education to address the underlying issues and restore optimal elbow function.


Physical Therapy for Elbow Tendonitis


VSPT's physical therapy for elbow tendonitis begins with a comprehensive assessment of the patient to identify the specific severity and impact of the condition. Our expert therapists utilize precise diagnostic techniques to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs.


Key Physical Therapy for Elbow Tendonitis


Key exercises prescribed as part of the lateral epicondylitis treatment protocol include:


  1. Eccentric Wrist Exercises: These exercises focus on strengthening the wrist extensors and improving tendon resilience. By gradually increasing resistance, patients can enhance their elbow's ability to handle stress.

  2. Stretching Techniques: Gentle stretching of the forearm muscles helps reduce tension and improve flexibility, alleviating the strain on the affected tendons.

  3. Grip Strengthening Exercises: Strengthening the grip can improve overall elbow stability and function, reducing pain during daily activities.


Empowering Patient Education


At VSPT we emphasize patient education and lifestyle modifications to minimize symptoms and promote long-term elbow health. Strategies include ergonomic adjustments to avoid repetitive strain, proper techniques for lifting and gripping, and incorporating regular physical activity to maintain tendon health.


Vail-Summit Physical Therapy's holistic approach to lateral epicondylitis treatment empowers patients to manage their condition effectively. By integrating evidence-based interventions and fostering a collaborative patient-provider relationship, VSPT ensures optimal outcomes and improved quality of life for individuals living with tennis elbow. Contact us today to learn more.

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