Treating Tennis Elbow

Treating Tennis Elbow

Many people think that tennis elbow is a condition caused by playing tennis. What is tennis elbow? It is the name given to the pain that occurs around your lateral elbow. However, it is a misconception that this condition occurs from playing tennis. Most people who suffer from this condition hardly plays tennis.

Tennis Elbow Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with this condition are pain and tenderness. The discomfort usually occurs at the attachments of your extensor digitotirum communis that is located in your forearm and through your brachioradialis muscle. Patients’ symptoms tend to vary depending on the cause of these type of conditions.

It is common for some sufferers to experience shooting pain up and down their hands. These same symptoms are associated with of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). RSI affects many people and occurs from poor desk working posture.

People who experience discomfort from tennis elbow should look for patterns. The muscles attached to your shoulder blade tend to always experience some type of pain. They tend to tighten up from being held in the same position for too long. When your arm tighten up, it can develop trigger points and restrict mobility. A trigger point often develops in your teres minor muscle, which results in recreating the pain in your elbow. The pain occurring in your elbow can be misleading. However, the root of the problem is most likely in your shoulder girdle and upper back.

How to Treat Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow treatment starts with softening the tissues in your arm that are experiencing pain. A variety of methods can be used for treatment for tennis elbow when trying to improve circulation, such as acupuncture, tennis elbow exercises, and manual techniques. This type of treatment can alleviate any pain you may be experiencing in your elbow.

Poor postural form like hunched shoulders is another reason why some people experience elbow pain. It creates a situation for pain to develop in your elbow, the sacroiliac joint and back. Treating the pain is one way to deal with the impact that poor form has on your body. To permanently treat elbow pain, it helps to use correct body form and to employ exercises for tennis elbow.

How to Fix Tennis Elbow

Patients who experience pain from this condition benefits from learning an exercise for tennis elbow. Treating this condition with exercises prevent your tissues from tightened and becoming congested. These techniques can be done at home. They allow you to release the fascia, soften the tissues and to be more mobile.

Wearing a tennis elbow strap also helps to alleviate pain when treating this condition. It provides relief and support to your arm. If you are an athlete and want to remain active, then it helps to wear a tennis elbow brace.

These conditions tend to affect people from different backgrounds. Acupuncture is one of the ways to alleviate the pain. It helps to schedule an appointment with your doctor to find relief for your condition.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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