Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is a painful overuse injury in the outer elbow. The elbow joint is composed of 3 bones, the upper arm bone (humerus) and the two forearm bones (radius and ulna). At the elbow joint, there are two bony bumps (part of the humerus bone) and they are called epicondyles. There is a lateral one (on the outer side) and a medial one (on the inner side). Tendons from the forearm muscles attach to the lateral epicondyle. The main forearm muscle involved is the extensor carpi radials brevis, which is responsible for extending the wrist.
Lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the tendons attaching to the lateral epicondyle become inflamed or damaged from overuse. Overuse can occur from racquet sports such as tennis, or professions involving repetitive elbow movements, such as painters, plumbers, mechanics, cooks, butchers, or carpenters.
Symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis
Symptoms of lateral epicondylitis include:
- Pain/burning on outer elbow
- Weak grip strength
- Morning stiffness
- Pain during extension of the wrist
- Symptoms worsen with increased forearm activities
How ASTR Treats Lateral Epicondylitis
Advanced Soft Tissue Release (abbreviated as ASTR) is a new specialty that is revolutionizing the way patients experience long-term pain relief. ASTR treats pain from lateral epicondylitis in a gentle, effective, and natural way by releasing scar tissue and fascia restriction around the elbow. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. Many patients experience relief from pain after their first treatment!Patients are also given customized exercise programs to help decrease inflammation and strengthen surrounding muscles so that patients can return to normal activities. Learn how ASTR can help you or watch testimonial videos from patients who experienced relief from lateral epicondylitis pain through ASTR treatment.