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GUEST BLOG: Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Dr. John Quinn

By Dr. John Quinn of Moriarty Physical Therapy

Thor, the God of Thunder, swings his mighty hammer repeatedly in the Avengers while trying to save mankind and make the world a better place.

If you and I tried swinging a hammer even half that size for a short while, we would be in a lot of pain and would have difficulty even lifting a glass of water, much less a glowing hammer.

People who use hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other tools that involve repetitive use of the muscles of the wrist and hand are at risk of injury and future disability.

Lateral Epicondylitis, better known as “Tennis Elbow,” is one of the most common injuries that plague construction workers and other laborers who repeatedly use the wrist and hand at work.  Tennis elbow is not just limited to labor intensive jobs and tennis players.

GUEST BLOG: Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Athletes, people who use computers, and even musicians can suffer from this chronic injury. Tennis elbow

Lateral epicondylitis is injury to the muscles that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the ulna (elbow).  Common symptoms include dull/sharp pain over the outside of the forearm and elbow with lifting, driving, and other activities using the wrist and hand.

Left untreated, lateral epicondylitis can lead to extensive injury and may require surgical intervention.

Physical therapy is very successful in treating lateral epicondylitis and can help patients avoid surgery and time out of work.

Moriarty Physical Therapy may not get you swinging Thor’s Hammer to save the world, but we can eliminate the elbow pain and help you avoid unwanted surgery!

Dr. Quinn received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (sports specific rehabilitation) from Dominican College, NY in 2001.  Dr. Quinn continued his education at Dominican College receiving his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy.  In 2008, Dr. Quinn graduated with his Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, VA.  Dr. Quinn has had extensive training and experience in treating patients throughout the lifespan- from babies 5 weeks old to patients 95 years old.  Moriarty Physical Therapy is located at 301 Manchester Rd, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603– (845) 454-4137

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