Lateral Epicondylitis – (Tennis Elbow)

What is Lateral Epicondylitis – Tennis Elbow?

Are you having trouble picking up objects? It could be Lateral Epicondylitis. 

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 Lateral Epicondylitis – (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral epicondylitis is the most common condition affecting the elbow1. It typically results from overuse injuries, involving the forearm extensor tendons1.

Have you ever experienced lingering pain on the outside of your elbow? It may have appeared gradually and can be achy or sharp in nature. You can particularly feel it when gripping objects, such as picking up a cup of coffee or holding a milk carton.

Does this sound familiar? You may have lateral epicondylitis, or more commonly known as ‘Tennis Elbow’.

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What is Lateral Epicondylitis – (Tennis Elbow)

Symptoms generally include tenderness at the lateral elbow and pain that refers into the forearm. The area can be aggravated by certain movements, such as gripping, lifting and extension of the wrist.

The condition frequently occurs with activities that involve repetitive motions and high loading of the wrist2. This can be related to occupations such as desk workers, carpenters and electricians or daily activities including gardening and throwing sports.

How can Osteopaths help?

Current research shows that first line treatment of lateral epicondylitis can be managed conservatively 1.

Osteopaths can support the management and severity of this condition by employing manual therapy techniques, providing education and exercise prescription.

The treatment can comprise of mobilisation, stretching and strengthening2. It is also recommended that exercise prescription be used in conjunction with manual therapy, to support the improvement of pain, function and grip strength 1

1. Lenoir, H., Mares, O. and Carlier, Y., 2019. Management of lateral epicondylitis. Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research105(8), pp.241-246.
2. Nourbakhsh, M.R. and Fearon, F.J., 2008. The effect of oscillating-energy manual therapy on lateral epicondylitis: a randomized, placebo-control, double-blinded study. Journal of Hand Therapy21(1), pp.4-14.

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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).

You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.

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Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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About Tom McCormick

Dr. Tom McCormick (Osteopath) is the Director and Principal Osteopath at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East. Tom is a qualified Osteopath and Dry needling practitioner and is also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Tom has also completed further studies in optimal movement patterns with the FMS (Functional Movement Systems).Tom believes it is important to address the immediate issues causing pain, however feels it is equally important to improve his patient’s ongoing movement, tissue quality, muscle activation and muscle strength in order to optimize injury recovery and reduce the chance of re-aggravation. Since Tom graduated as an Osteopath he has had the opportunity to work both in Queensland and Victoria within private practice and has worked closely with sporting teams. Tom has suffered many injuries and complaints over the years due to his heavy interest in sport. From broken bones, torn cartilage, tendon and muscle injuries to even a double hernia repair, this is ultimately what led Tom into the health field. Tom has a hands on approach to healthcare by utilizing a broad range of techniques that are tailored specifically to each patient. Such techniques include mobilization, soft tissue massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation. Although Tom enjoys treating athletes, he also thrives on the sense of enjoyment that comes with helping his patients of all ages with many other injuries. Tom also has experience in treating headaches, back and neck pain, hip, knee and ankle injuries and shoulder and elbow pain. Here at Valued Health Osteopathy Tom will use his Osteopathic experience, coupled with his further training to assess, diagnose, rehabilitate and treat in order to get you moving better with less pain. Outside of work Tom loves to travel, watch plenty of sport, exercise and loves a good coffee.