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Signs you need physical therapy for tennis elbow

Signs You Need Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, refers to inflammation and irritation of the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. This condition typically develops due to overload and repetitive motion on the elbow and, although it is common in tennis players, it can affect anyone who puts stress on this area of the body. 

While it can often improve with rest and basic treatments, if tennis elbow pain persists, you may wonder if further treatment is required. Physical therapy for tennis elbow can be a particularly effective form of treatment, because not only can it help relieve pain and improve mobility, but it can also potentially help prevent future injuries by promoting strength and stability in the elbow. 

If you’re wondering if physical therapy could be right for you, take some time to read over the following quick overview. You can also feel free to get in touch with a member of our dedicated team with any questions you have. 

When to see a physical therapist for tennis elbow treatment

If you think you have developed tennis elbow, it is important to cease or limit any activities that could exacerbate this condition. It may be time to seek professional treatment, including physical therapy, if any of the following apply to you: 

  • Pain persists for longer than a few days to a week.
  • Your pain suddenly becomes more severe.
  • You are experiencing wrist and hand pain.
  • Symptoms make it difficult to hold a cup, turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or perform other basic activities.

Many patients seek initial diagnosis and treatment from a doctor, such as their primary care physician, who can order diagnostic testing including an X-ray or MRI. Upon diagnosis, physical therapy is a commonly sought-out treatment, whether patients are referred by their doctor or seek it out themselves. 

How physical therapy can help with tennis elbow

By performing movement tests and other evaluations, a physical therapist can identify biomechanical issues that contribute to the development of tennis elbow. He or she can then help you form a comprehensive treatment plan that includes strengthening exercises, gentle stretches to improve flexibility and other options to help recover from tennis elbow and prevent future injuries. 

At Peak Performance Sports and Physical Therapy, our compassionate therapists all have years of experience helping patients with tennis elbow overcome their injury and get back to the active lifestyle they deserve. 

You don’t have to let elbow pain keep you away from your favorite people and activities. Contact our team today to schedule your initial appointment.