One of the most neglected problems in the community is Tennis Elbow.
This condition is where the tendons that attach to the bony bump on the outside of the elbow start to deteriorate due to overuse in manual tasks (like tennis back hand, gardening, process line work etc). We commonly hear people who have ignored their elbow pain for months or years, either because they think (or have been told) that “there’s nothing you can do about it, it will go away in 1-2 years”, which it plainly does not!
There are PLENTY of things we can do to improve this annoying condition, starting with massage and dry needling to reduce muscular spasm, advice regarding ice and stretching, providing a tennis elbow strap to reduce loading, and most importantly a progressive program of eccentric strengthening to stimulate a healing response.
In most cases, we can have the pain fully resolved within three months. If it hurts, don’t put up with it!