A condition that occurs when the tendons on the outside of the forearm become irritated, inflamed and painful due to repetitive use of the hand, wrist and forearm. The muscles that are affected by lateral epicondylitis are those that function to extend the wrist and fingers. The muscles come together and attach to the humerus bone of the upper arm. This bony prominence, called the lateral epicondyle, is located along the outside of the elbow. Pain occurs on or near the lateral epicondyle, at the area where the tendon connects to bone. Repetitive forces can cause the tendon to become tender and irritated. Lateral epicondylitis leads to pain along the outside of the forearm, pain and/or weakness with gripping activities, pain with twisting motions of the forearm and wrist, tenderness to touch and swelling along the outside of the forearm, weakness in the hand and forearm and elbow stiffness.
The Physical Therapists at Apple Physical Therapy will design a personalized treatment plan specific to you and your injury that will include stretching and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and strength in the elbow, wrist and hand. We will include manual therapy techniques such as massage and, if indicated, we will include the use of Graston Technique, instrument assisted massage to help break down scar tissue and muscular restrictions. If necessary, your PT may elect to use modalities such as heat and/or ice to help reduce pain and ready the body for exercise.
With convenient locations in both Cherry Hill NJ and Marlton NJ, Apple Physical Therapy proudly serves such areas as Cherry Hill, Marlton, Medford, Voorhees, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Berlin, Moorestown and all of South Jersey’s Camden and Burlington counties. If you are looking for a Physical Therapist in the Cherry Hill area, we welcome you to our practice. Meet our team and schedule your appointment with us today!