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Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow in Bethesda MD

Elbow pain and injury are known to respond well to physical therapy treatment in Bethesda, especially when treatment is sought out early.

An accurate diagnosis as to the source of the pain is fundamental to the correct management and treatment of your elbow pain. Pain located in the elbow can be caused by local tendon, muscle or even joint injury. Alternatively, elbow pain can also be linked joints within your neck. Nevertheless, the most common cause of elbow pain is known as acute tennis elbow.

Acute Tennis Elbow is when the muscle in the area has sustained an injury that extends to the wrist and also the fingers. The location of the injury is commonly the lateral epicondyle, which is a small bony bump situated on the outside of the elbow. This is where your muscles attach.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

It’s very common for a sufferer of Tennis Elbow to experience pain when performing resisted wrist or finger extension or while performing task that require the need to grip. Pain may also be felt when the muscles in the elbow are stretched. The elbow itself may feel tender directly over the bony epicondyle. There may also be influxes of pain that can be triggered in the wrist muscles.

Individual sufferers may also experience neck tenderness or even stiffness. This could be a sign of nerve irritation. The majority of elbow movements are usually be painless, regardless of that area being the cause of the pain initially.

Most common causes of tennis elbow:

Acute Tennis Elbow is most commonly caused by damage to the elbows surrounding muscle tissue. This muscle is usually located at the point where the bone of the arm anchors to the elbow. It can be caused when force (more than the joint is used to) is applied to the elbow in which the healthy tissue is unable to handle it.

The Most Common Causes of Tennis Elbow May Include:

  • Unaccustomed hand use (hammering, high levels of typing, tennis, etc.)
  • Activities that require excessive gripping.
  • Poor strength in the forearm muscles.
  • Poor technique (such as a poor tennis shot).

What Causes Chronic Tennis Elbow?

Chronic Tennis Elbow is primarily associated with possible degenerative changes within the tissue of the muscle located at the epicondyle.

There is a solution

The symptoms of tennis elbow are typically clinically diagnosed by your doctor or physical therapist. After carefully understanding the history behind your injury along side the use of confirmatory clinical tests, a diagnosis as to whether you are a sufferer of tennis elbow can then be made.

An MRI or ultrasound scan are usually the best methods in identifying any tendon inflammation or tears. Treating tennis elbow using physical therapy techniques has been shown to be very greatly received and also effective in the short and long term control of tennis elbow.

Physical Therapy Treatment Aims to Achieve:

  • Reduction of pain within the elbow.
  • Facilitation of the elbows tissue repair.
  • Restoration of normal joint movement and function.
  • Restoration of normal muscle movement and function.
  • Normalization of joint function.

There are an abundance of ways on how to achieve the results listed above through physical therapy. After thorough assessment of your elbow, neck and arm, our physical therapy professional will discuss the best possible methods and strategy that will result in the quickest recovery time for you, based on your symptoms and lifestyle. Successful results are commonly measured through feedback from the patient and measurement on pain free grip and strength.

If you suspect that you may have the symptoms of tennis elbow, contact Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy Today for professional and effective advice!

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Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy
6931 Arlington Road Suite T200A
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-2659


"After several weeks of therapy I no longer have the knee pain and can now tie my shoes while kneeling, something I hadn't been able to do in quite awhile."

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"I been coming here for 8 weeks now and sense the first therapy I feel less pain. They all work really hard at this office. With their help I know I will be the best I can be at the end. I recommend them!"

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6931 Arlington Road Suite T200A

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