Whether you play tennis or work a physical job that requires repetitive arm motions, the threat of tennis elbow is a difficult prospect. If you’ve had this injury before, you know how debilitating it can be and how important a prevention strategy is. And if you are currently dealing with tennis elbow, making prevention of reinjury should be one of your primary treatment goals.
This is one of the biggest benefits that physical therapy offers. Not only does it offer a natural approach to pain relief, but by strengthening the body and improving biomechanics, it can lessen the likelihood of reinjuring your elbow. So you can have a clearer picture of just how physical therapy can help prevent tennis elbow, we’ve put together the following overview. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions or want to learn more about treatment options.
Advice and treatment from a physical therapist to prevent tennis elbow
At your initial appointment with a therapist, you can expect a detailed evaluation of your injury that includes movement tests, a hands-on examination, and a review of your medical and injury history. By developing a comprehensive treatment program, you can promote recovery and prevent the chances of future reinjury by accomplishing the following:
- Strengthening muscles and connective tissue — Physical therapy can make your elbow more resilient with therapeutic exercises designed to address muscle imbalances and strengthen your tendons and ligaments that connect the forearms to the elbow joint.
- Increasing range of motion — Restricted movements can lead to reinjury and compensatory injuries in other parts of the arm and wrist. Through active and passive stretches, your therapist can help increase elbow mobility.
- Fixing biomechanical issues — While any repetitive motion puts stress on the elbow, learning movements that minimize this impact can help prevent tennis elbow.
Your therapist can also recommend treatments that help relieve pain and help the healing process, including active release therapy and electrical stimulation.
Long-term tennis elbow prevention at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
When you come to one of our state-of-the-art clinics, you’ll receive individualized and holistic care that gets you back to your regular activity and keeps you there. Our licensed therapists have years of experience in helping patients identify and overcome biomechanical issues that lead to injuries such as tennis elbow.
To get started, contact us today and schedule your initial appointment.