Physical Therapy For Tennis Elbow

 Person dressed in a white shirt and tie suffering from tennis elbow

How Does Physical Therapy Help With Tennis Elbow?

Despite its name, you don’t have to be a professional tennis player in order to get tennis elbow. In fact, you may have tennis elbow if you are experiencing: 

  • Pain in the forearm, wrist, and elbow area
  • Stiffness in areas of pain
  • Tenderness
  • Increased elbow pain when grasping an object
  • Swelling around the elbow

If you’re experiencing any of these pains, it may be time to receive quality physical therapy treatment for tennis elbow. 

Physical Therapy Tennis Elbow Treatments

 

Tennis elbow can be quite painful, but luckily, there are ways to treat it. With a little bit of physical therapy and home remedies, you can find great relief and improvement, allowing you to live your life more comfortably.

At-Home Physical Therapy Exercises

 

Person applying ice to their tennis elbow injury

The first thing you can do to help reduce the pain of tennis elbow is to ice the area. A lot of the pain is due to the inflammation of your tendons, and icing it can help reduce the swelling. Icing can also help decrease stiffness in the injured area as well. Icing the area twice a day for 20 minutes is a great start to healing your tennis elbow.

One of the more obvious home remedies is simply resting the injured area. You don’t want to strain your injury any further, so taking a break is necessary for your body to heal. Give yourself permission to take an easy day or two so that your body can get the rest it needs to get back to normal.

In instances of more severe pain, some over the counter anti-inflammatory medications are a good option to help minimize the aching. Or, if you have any Ibuprofen or Aspirin, that can do the trick as well.

Physical Therapy Clinic Treatments for Tennis Elbow

 

Woman getting physical therapy for tennis elbow.

Some tennis elbow injuries will need more care and attention that home remedies can’t provide. That’s where meeting with a physical therapist can help.

There are plenty of benefits to visiting a physical therapy clinic as opposed to taking matters into your own hands. A physical therapist can help you regain strength back into your injured area as well as helping you heal quicker. On top of that, they can give you great medical advice to prevent further injury on top of some basic strength training strategies, making it well worth your time to schedule an appointment.

Another wonderful benefit of meeting with a physical therapist is the variety of tools you have access to in their office. Physical therapy clinics have specialized machines and tools that can be used to gently work an injured area that you typically don’t have access to in your own home.

Why Choose Armada Physical Therapy?

 

Man at a physical therapy clinic working with a physical therapist

Seeing a physical therapist is going to be the most sustainable option to help alleviate your tennis elbow. Not only will you receive quality, expert care but you’ll be better prepared to avoid repeat injury in the long run. Armada Physical Therapy has 5 physical therapy clinics all located in the Albuquerque, NM, area. Simply find the location that will be most convenient for you.  

If you’ve gotten a tennis elbow from playing a sport, then our Sports Medicine program would be very beneficial to you. 

Or perhaps your line of work has caused you to have a tennis elbow injury from repetitive motions. The Work Injury Rehabilitation service can help you heal quickly and get back to work as soon as possible.

Come visit our physical therapy office and see why our patients keep coming back to us. We will treat you with the best care you deserve and help you get back to being pain-free.

If you are experiencing other pains besides tennis elbow, our staff can help you with these services as well.

Armada Physical Therapy – Coors

Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm

Physical Therapy Treatment & Services

  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopedic PT
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

Headshot of Armand Larragoite, a physical therapist in Albuquerque, NMArmand Larragoite, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Armand received his doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 from the University of New Mexico. He began working in outpatient physical therapy right after school and is ASTM certified. Armand uses manual therapy in combination with exercise and dry needling level 1 to help return patients to their previous level of function. He enjoys working with all populations especially high school athletes for return to sport and injury prevention. In his free time Armand enjoys competing in CrossFit and camping with his wife and two dogs.

Armada Physical Therapy – Jefferson

Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm

Best Physical Therapy Services

  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopedic PT
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

Elizabeth Lonergan, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Elizabeth has been practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist since her graduation from the University of New Mexico Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2015. She is passionate about using her skills in manual therapy and exercise prescription to decrease pain and return patients to the activities they love. Elizabeth enjoys working with athletes and holds a certificate in returning injured athletes to sport. As a classically trained dancer, Elizabeth has a particular interest in the treatment of dancers. She has passed the Cechetti National Student Ballet Exams, giving her a strong foundation in ballet technique, artistry, dance theory, and anatomy of the dancer.

She received advanced education in dance, anatomy, and biomechanics at New Mexico State University, where she was a member of the Contemporary Dance Theater. Here she was able to expand her knowledge of dance to many different styles including modern, jazz, contemporary, ballroom, and flamenco. Upon graduation from NMSU with her BA in Kinesiology and Minors in Dance technique education and psychology, Elizabeth moved to Albuquerque where she danced professionally with Ballet Repetory Theater of New Mexico.

Elizabeth has completed the best physical therapy training with Marika Molnar, the physical therapy provider for New York City Ballet. She has also attended courses with NYU’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries for dance specific rehabilitation, shoe fitting, and dance nutrition. Elizabeth has had the opportunity to work with many dance companies in Albuquerque and is the premier doctor of physical therapy for Keshet Dance Company. Outside of work, Elizabeth continues to dance and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.

Armada Physical Therapy – Los Lunas

Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Physical Therapist Services

  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Rehab Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic PT
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

Meet Our Clinicians

Melody Rattanapote-Malaney, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Mel is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Missouri State University before returning to New Mexico to work in outpatient, inpatient, and home health rehab physical therapy settings. Mel has spent her career in the rural communities of Socorro and Valencia counties and has treated many patients from age 0 to 97 with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies. She has specialized training in functional dry needling in addition to other familiar evidence-based physical therapy interventions and techniques. Mel prefers individualized treatment sessions and is passionate about patient education and the restoration of function and quality of life. When not in the clinic, Mel spends her time with her husband and furry children and enjoys photography, hiking, and road biking

Armada Physical Therapy – Menaul

Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm

Services

  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopedic PT
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

K. Violet Dinnen, DPT, Clinic Director

Violet received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New Mexico. Her practice relies on evidence-based manual therapy techniques and she particularly enjoys treating foot, ankle, and upper extremity conditions. She has taken several continuing education courses that focus on biomechanical principles and manual therapy treatments. Outside of work, she likes to exercise, golf, practice yoga, and travel whenever possible.

Tracy Mechenbier, DPT

Tracy has practiced primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting and has also continued to work in the inpatient neurological rehab setting, on a PRN basis to keep up her skills. She obtained her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico before attaining her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from UNM in 2015. Tracy’s strengths are in constructing creative exercise programs relevant to patient’s lifestyles, as well as performing manual therapy techniques. She currently utilizes dry needling for pain reduction and to address ROM limitations. Prior to working as a physical therapist, Tracy was a personal trainer and soccer coach. She played competitive soccer throughout her youth and into college. Currently she spends her free time staying active with her husband and four young children.

Armada Physical Therapy – Rio Rancho

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30am to 2:30pm

Services

  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopedic PT
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTYM)
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Peri-Neural and Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

Timothy Serrano, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Clinic Director

A California native, Timothy, moved to New Mexico and completed his undergraduate degree from UNM in 2008. He then took time to study Black Mantled Howler monkeys in Costa Rica and Ecuador as a research assistant before earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina in 2013. He has since earned several advanced certifications including his Diploma of Osteopractic (2015) from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) that comprises certifications in Spinal Manipulation (Cert. SMT) and musculoskeletal and peri-neural Dry Needling (Cert. DN). In 2018 he completed an Orthopedic Fellowship accredited with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) which is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. During his Fellowship he helped conduct research on cervicogenic headaches (headaches that are caused by the upper neck) with AAMT. As of 2019 he is one of eight with the FAAOMPT distinction in the entire state of New Mexico.  He has  a tremendous passion for helping all patients with any musculoskeletal conditions and works well with patients in targeting and achieving their specific goals for returning and restoring them back to their desired quality of life. When he is not in the clinic, he enjoys playing board games with friends and family, hiking, camping or exploring the outdoors with his dog Rupert.