Lateral Epicondylitis, more commonly known as “Tennis Elbow,” is an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. A sharp pain is felt on the outside of the elbow when the tendons and muscles become inflamed.
Tennis Elbow gets its name from athletes who play racquet sports since it is very common injury for them. Unfortunately, Tennis Elbow can happen to just about anyone. This injury is normally caused by repetitive stress on the elbow such as twisting motions, writing, typing, or drawing for extended periods of time.
This video, featuring Dr. Stephen Szaro, will review two types of treatment used to heal lateral epicondylitis: FAKTR and Kinesio Taping.
FAKTR stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation. It involves treating the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves) with special tools during the ranges of motion that provoke the patient’s symptoms. This helps relieve pain and increase range of motion by releasing adhesions in the involved tissue.
Kinesio taping is a therapeutic taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.