Tennis Elbow Isometric | Early Intervention Ergonomics
What Exactly is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that affects the outer part of the elbow. It is commonly caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and arm. This can lead to small tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle (the bony bump on the outer part of the elbow).
Some common causes of tennis elbow include:
- Overuse: Activities that involve repetitive motion of the wrist and arm. Typing on a computer or using hand tools can cause small tears in the tendons over time.
- Improper technique: Poor technique while performing manual labor can put extra stress on the elbow joint and lead to injury.
- Age: As people age, the tendons in their arms become less flexible and more prone to injury.
- Genetics: Some people may be genetically predisposed to developing tennis elbow.
- Injury: A direct blow to the elbow or sudden forceful movement can also cause this condition.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also increase the risk of developing tennis elbow.
Overall, this condition is caused by repetitive stress on the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle, leading to microtears and inflammation. By identifying the cause of the injury, individuals can take steps to prevent future occurrences and manage their symptoms effectively.
Early Intervention Benefits of Isometric Exercise
- Strengthening: Isometric exercises are static exercises that involve holding a muscle in a contracted position without movement. These exercises can help to strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint, which can improve the overall stability of the joint.
- Pain relief: Isometric exercises can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with tennis elbow by increasing blood flow to the affected area and promoting the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
- Improved range of motion: Isometric exercises can help to improve the range of motion in the elbow joint by increasing the flexibility of the muscles and tendons around the joint.
- Prevention of future injuries: Strengthening the muscles around the elbow joint through isometric exercises can help to prevent future injuries and reduce the risk of re-injury.
Overall, incorporating isometric exercises into a tennis elbow rehabilitation program can be an effective way to improve strength, reduce pain, improve range of motion, and prevent future injuries. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.
These early intervention exercises are to improve health and fitness.
If you have an injury or illness, consult with a health care professional before attempting.