Tennis elbow (clinically known as lateral epicondylitis) is a tendon condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow and is often caused by overusing the the wrist extensor muscle. It mostly commonly affects those aged between 35–50 who do repetitive activities using the upper body or have a change in load.
- You may notice pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow
- Movements such as extending your elbow or wrist may be difficult or painful
- Gripping small objects, lifting an object or twisting your forearm such as turning a door handle
What are the symptoms?
What causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is most frequently caused by repeated movements of the elbow/wrist. While this injury can develop from sports, day-to-day activities where repetitive or forceful actions are made can also provoke this injury.
How can we help you?
Firstly, our highly experienced Physiotherapists will provide you with a thorough examination and assessment to accurately diagnose the condition. From these findings, we will create a personal treatment pathway that will effectively treat the condition. This will be bespoke to you and specific to your needs – occupation, physical activities and expectations.
There are many treatments available for this condition, depending on how long you’ve had the injury and the severity of it:
- Education & Advice- Initially resting from the aggravating activity is important, and in some cases advice on anti-inflammatory medication maybe required.
- Ulrasound Therapy- To stimulate the healing process and speed up recovery.
- Soft Tissue Massage- To reduce tension, improve mobility and ease your pain.
- Acupuncture- This can stimulate the body’s natural healing process and relieve pain.
- Exercise & Rehabilitation- Strengthen the muscles to improve symptoms and reduce risk of future flare ups.
- Ergonomic & Postural Advice – With desk work and other occupational activities sometimes being the cause of this condition, managing your day to day activities, and ensuring that you have correct working position is vital.