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Learn the most common disease among practitioners of Shoes
Lateral epicondylitis is one of the most common injuries among practicing tennis, characterized by an overload of tendons, especially in recreational players. There is no gender difference, ie, men and women seem to be affected in the same proportion.
The incidence of this injury is from 35% to 51% of the athletes and, although not scientifically proven, it is believed that it occurs in fewer practitioners who perform the backhand with two hands. This can occur pos allow the non-dominant hand to absorb more impact, reducing the risk of mechanical failure of the wrist.
It is believed that the use of antivibradores decreased the incidence of lateral epicondylitis in tennis, however, studies have not confirmed this hypothesis. What has been associated with it is the experience of tennis, as the prevalence is higher in less experienced practitioners and who do not have a good technique.
Signs that you may have lateral epicondylitis:
lateral epicondylitis• Pain that radiates into your forearm and wrist;
• Difficulty in making common tasks such as turning a doorknob or holding a cup of coffee;
• Increased pain when you use your wrist or hand to lift objects, open a bottle or hold something hard, like a knife and fork;
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• Weakness in the arm.
How physiotherapy can help you?
For the first 24 to 48 hours after the acute onset of her pain, the treatment includes:
• Rest the limb, avoiding certain activities and modifying the way to make others;
• Ice: 3 times a day with duration of 10-20 minutes.
lateral epicondylitisYour physiotherapist will decide if you should wear a brace or support to protect their muscles while the area is recovering. He may develop a specific treatment program to speed your recovery.
Most likely, this program will have exercises that you should continue at home. Your physiotherapist can also use special physiotherapy treatments to help relieve pain, such as manual therapy, ice, heat treatments or both, in addition to electrical stimulation.
In cases where the epicondylitis is a Agunda phase, ie, at the beginning, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. If not treated immediately, epicondylitis can become chronic and last for months and sometimes even years.
Some goals of physiotherapy:
lateral epicondylitis• Improve joint mobility: through manual therapy, thus leaving the joint generating more free and less pain .
• Improves muscle strength: a weak muscle can lead to lateral epicondylitis. Then, the physical therapist will prescribe a strength workout, starting with passive exercises and then as the evolution of pain, the therapist will active exercises, and finally with resistance.
• Rehabilitating daily activities: the therapist will be able to teach the correct way to how you should handle a grocery bag, how to open a can of hearts of palm, among other activities.
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