Tennis Elbow

 Tennis Elbow

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is likely that you may be suffering from Tennis Elbow.

  • Tenderness on the outer part of the elbow
  • Elbow stiffness
  • Persistent aching of the elbow
  • Soreness in the forearm
  • Worsening of pain when grasping an object
  • Weakness when gripping objects

Physiotherapy can be instrumental in the treatment of this condition and can lead to an immense improvement. Contact us today for a thorough assessment with one of our physiotherapists.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

Despite its name, Tennis Elbow otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is not only common in tennis players but can appear in individuals who participate in activities that involve repetitive movements.

The pain caused by Tennis Elbow is caused by a strain or overuse of the tendon that attaches your muscles to the bone in your upper arm.

You may also get Tennis Elbow if your work involves repeated movements, such as a tradesmen using power tools or even the incorrect use of a computer mouse or keyboard can cause such symptoms to appear.

Physiotherapy Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Physiotherapy and prescribed treatment for Tennis Elbow will vary depending upon the severity of your condition but may involve one or more of the following:

  • Exercises prescribed by your physiotherapist to gradually strengthen the tendons
  • Remedial massage
  • Muscle re-education to improve strength and control
  • Rest
  • Protection in the form of a brace or strapping
  • Ice & compression
  • Ergonomic and workplace assessment and advice
  • Dry needling
  • Joint mobilisation or manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness

As with many tendon injuries addressing the pain and inflammation in the early stages will help with symptoms but properly addressing weakness or other vulnerabilities in the forearm/elbow will help avoid recurrence or future injury.

For advice and management of any of your sports injury concerns, contact our staff for an appointment.