Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis is a condition in which there is pain where the tendons from the forearm extensor muscles attach to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow. It is a degenerative condition of the common extensor tendon associated with overuse and not specifically with playing tennis.

The pain may radiate into the forearm and wrist. The pain usually comes on gradually, and is made worse by repetitive extension of the wrist as when making a fist, shaking hands, carrying bags/ groceries, lifting saucepans, turning on taps or using pliers.

Tennis elbow often lasts for several months, but physiotherapy treatment will be able to help to use current evidence based management.

Initial treatment involves the application of ice, taping, taking painkillers and avoiding activities that aggravate the pain. Wearing a tennis elbow brace can help to protect the tendon. Your management will be progressed as you go through various stages of recovery.

If you are suffering from such symptoms, call us for an appointment. 

You will have a thorough assessment to ensure that your pain is not arising from the neck, thoracic spine or from a rib ring dysfunction.