Symptoms: Inflammation and pain in the elbow.
Overview: Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is prevalent among physically active people and tennis players in particular. It is not just tennis players who are susceptible however, as anyone who performs repetitive movements of the elbow or wrist is susceptible. Such motions can strain the tendons in the arm. Over time, this muscle strain causes inflammation of the muscles and soft tissues around the elbow, and can even cause muscles in the arm to become unbalanced.
Normally, the extensor muscles (which pull the wrist up) work in equal force to the flexor muscles (which pull the wrist down.) But when one of these muscle groups is weaker than the other, problems can develop. With tennis elbow, the extensor muscle group on the outside of the forearm becomes weaker than the flexor muscles on the inner forearm, leading to a muscle imbalance and ultimately inflammation and pain.
Tennis elbow can also develop in people who have good muscle balance but overuse their wrist extensor muscles. This is commonly referred to as a repetitive strain injury, and also leads to inflammation.
Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C., can decrease the inflammation, restore proper muscle balance when necessary and help extend your range of pain free motion.