Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is one of the most common forms of elbow tendinitis. This condition develops when the tendons on the outside of your elbow become irritated and inflamed. Despite its name, tennis elbow can be caused by any repetitive elbow movement, and physical therapists in Woodbridge, New Jersey, offer options for treating this condition. Here are two tennis elbow physical therapy techniques commonly used in your area:
- Active Release Techniques®
There are several forearm muscles issues that make tennis elbow more likely. For instance, areas of tension called trigger points could build up in these muscles. To deal with this issue, a tennis elbow physical therapy method called Active Release Techniques ® (ART) can be used.
ART uses two different components to help break down trigger points and reduce muscle tension. The first of these components is hands-on movements. This means that your therapist will use their hands to place pressure on the trigger point, and they’ll also use hand movements to break them down. The other component that’s part of ART is specific movements of the affected forearm and elbow. These movements are just a few of the 500 that can be used in ART, and they’re designed to help increase the stretching of the muscles being targeted by the treatment.
- Graston Technique®
Another issue with the forearm muscles that can lead to tennis elbow is adhesions. Adhesions are areas of scar tissue that have built up in these muscles, and they often form when the forearm muscles have been previously injured. To target adhesions, the Graston Technique ® can be included in your tennis elbow physical therapy plan.
Like ART, the Graston Technique® is designed to place pressure on the muscles. However, the way this pressure is applied is different. With this technique, the therapist uses metal tools to apply pressure to the adhesions. These tools are specially designed to fit specific areas of the body, and this allows the therapist to more easily apply pressure to the forearm muscles. By applying pressure and moving the tool, therapists can break down adhesions in these muscles. In turn, this allows the muscles to move more freely, and it also reduces stress on the elbow tendons, which can lead to less pain.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers these and physical therapy methods for tennis elbow
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation’s Woodbridge clinic, our team has experience with many different therapy techniques. This is a plus for our patients because it allows us to create individualized therapy plans suitable for each patient. Some of the therapy techniques our team uses include:
Are you ready to take the next step to get our help with your tennis elbow treatment? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.