Contrary to what the name suggests, you don't have to play tennis to suffer from this condition! It is actually very common and probably makes up for most of the repetitive strain injuries that we treat. It is a very painful and debilitating condition which causes intense aching at the lateral (outside) of the elbow (see photo below) and can also cause sharp pains in the same area when we try to pick something up or open a stiff door handle or even pick up the kettle! It is caused by repetitive extension actions of the wrist and is therefore common in the trades industry due to repetitive actions such as painting, hammering or sawing. Other occupations that can cause this strain include office workers (typing and mouse work), hairdressers (cutting and hair drying) and cleaners (back and forth wiping/dusting movements). If left untreated, the condition can quickly become chronic and have a large impact on our ability to work, enjoy our hobbies, play sports or even pick up our children.
Osteopathic treatment is very effective at resolving this condition and is aimed at the muscles of the forearm (extensors) which are very tight and short and are causing an excess pull/strain at the elbow where they attach to. As well as releasing these muscles we will encourage more mobility at the elbow and shoulder to make sure these joints are working properly and are not feeding into the problem too. We will advise you on ice application and on safe working conditions to avoid aggravating the condition and if appropriate, elbow strapping devices to use to rest the elbow. During your treatment, we will also give you some stretches at home to help the healing process and to prevent this condition reoccurring.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the treatment that you have recently given me.
I approached you as I had a severe burning pain near my elbow, which you immediately diagnosed as Tennis Elbow, despite the fact I never play Tennis. As it turns out this is a generic name for knotted muscles that affect the tendon at your elbow.
I thought that it was a fairly recent injury but as the treatment began you felt that it had been a problem for some time. At first I thought I was never going to recover, or survive the deep massage, but eventually it started to flare up less and less.
You then gave me exercises to do and suggested changes to my work station which, when combined with continuing fortnightly deep massage, has actually got me to the point where I no longer have pain.
I will have no hesitation in recommending
I rang Sue complaining of a sharp pain in my elbow. After taking me through some basic movements and asking me to describe which everyday movements affected the area the most Sue quickly diagnosed me with tennis elbow. She booked me in at the clinic where I had a series of treatments to deal with the problem. Not only was I professionally treated but I was given exercises and stretches that I could perform at home to make sure that once the pain was gone things stayed that way. The thing that impressed me most was that I wasn’t only treated, I was given an explanation as to what was happening and causing the pain so I could fully understand how to help prevent it coming back. This for me shows that Sue doesn’t want to just fix you up and send you on your way still making the same mistakes that caused the injury in the first place and ultimately returning for more treatment; she wants to fix you and arm you with the knowledge you need so you don’t need to come back, which shows a real genuine quality rarely seen these days.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sue and her team at the Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic to family, friends and colleagues because I know they will be looked after.
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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic
The Lords wood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access. The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).