What is Tennis Elbow?
There is a group of muscles in your forearm that work to lift your wrist (try lifting your hand off the table while your forearm is resting on the table–those are your wrist extensors). Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a tendinitis of those forearm muscles. Irritation in these muscles often occurs from overuse of the wrist or repetitive hyper-extension of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow can occur from all sorts of activities, not just from tennis. It can be a painful condition and has the potential to cause long term tendon damage when not treated.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
Many doctors will recommend some sort of tennis elbow strap or tennis elbow brace. We typically recommended a nighttime splint for the wrist (see above why the wrist is important) along with icing and kinesiotaping. Kinesio-Taping is a common method used to treat tennis elbow. In this video, Laura demonstrates how to apply the tape.
How to Apply Kinesiotape
Tricks of the Trade:
- Round the corners–this will prevent the tape from peeling up as easily.
- Wash and dry your skin before applying–this will help the tape adhere better.
- Rub the tape after you place it–the adhesive activates with heat.
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Hi, im Laura McCarthy of LB Hand Therapy and we’re here today to talk about how to Kinesiotape an elbow for tennis elbow.
Cutting the Tape
First thing is you want to get your Kinesiotape, and you cut about a section 12 inches long, then you cut another section 5-6 inches long.
I cut the edges to round, because it helps with going over your clothes so the edges don’t pull up (cuts round edges on the 12-inch piece of tape).
And then on the back, there are lines, and I cut right up the middle (cuts up the middle of the 12-inch piece of tape), I don’t cut the whole way, I leave about an inch and a half at the tip, and that’s so you can anchor it.
Applying the Tape
Now if you try to peel the tape off its very difficult, but the backing just rips off. So you can pull off the backing (demonstrates ripping the tape at the anchor end and peeling off the backing). You put it about midway down your (outside) forearm, and then you take one strap, and you bring it up (demonstrates anchoring tape at mid-forearm and pulling one of the half straps up along outside edge of forearm). So you anchor it here, and then you go up, and then you take the other strap, and you anchor it……like that, and rub it down.
Then you use the other piece (5 inch piece) as sort of a tennis elbow strap (demonstrates rounding edges of 5-inch piece of tape).
Same thing, you rip the paper. Now if you turn your arm like this, you anchor it on the bone here (bone just below elbow, on the outside of your forearm), and then you roll your arm into it, grabbing the tape (demonstrates anchoring the tape on the outside of the forearm and pulling it across the forearm muscles back towards her body). The adhesive on kinesiotape is heat activated so if you hold it for a few seconds, and you let your body heat, it will adhere better. And that’s how you tape a tennis elbow.
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