Tennis elbow is a common condition which causes pain around the outside of the elbow (clinically known as lateral epicondylitis or lateral elbow tendinopathy). It’s often thought to be an injury caused by overusing the affected muscle (often the wrist extensor muscle). Research suggests that this injury can affect up to 3% of the population and mostly affects those aged between 35–50 who have a history of repetitive activities using the upper body.
What are the symptoms?
- 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 be difficult or painful
- Gripping small objects, or twisting your forearm such as turning a door handle
- Long periods sitting at a desk and typing may also aggravate the elbow
What causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is caused by repeated gripping and/or wrist extension. Although 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 occupation and physical activities.
There are many treatment available for this condition, dependant on how long you’ve had the injury and the severity of it:
- Education & Advise- Initially resting from the aggravating activity is important, and in some cases advice on anti-inflammatory medication maybe required.
- Ultrasound 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- Sometimes with this condition, to simply rest is inadequate and exercise is required to help strengthen the muscles.
- Ergonomic & Postural Advise- With desk work and other occupational activities causing this condition, managing your day to day activities, and ensuring that you have correct posture is vital.