Medically known as lateral epicondylitis, can be a stubborn condition to treat. Tennis elbow affects the forearm muscles that attach into the outer bone of the elbow (lateral epicondyle).
The highest prevalence of tennis elbow is experienced by those aged 35 -55 years. It can be caused from a variety of activities, not just tennis! Tennis elbow is more common than golfers elbow, and believe it or not, it is not suffered by very many professional tennis players!
Tennis elbow occurs when the extensors of the hand and wrist are put under strain or excessive overload. This leads to wear and tear at the junction of the muscle-tendon junction. This knock on effect begins the inflammatory process. If not allowed to rest and be treated, the inflammation can worsen and lead to compensatory movements of the arm to avoid the pain.
Symptoms can include (but are not exhaustive of):
- Tenderness over the lateral epicondyle
- Pain in the hand and wrist when lifting/gripping objects
- Weakness in the hand and wrist
- Stiffness in the forearm muscles
- Difficulty in extending the elbow
Treatments for tennis elbow will always depend on your symptoms and its cause, the extent of your injury and its reoccurrence prevention. For instance if you have pain whilst at your desk, it’s likely your posture will need to be addressed or perhaps, be advised better arm support.
Physiotherapy treatment may include ultrasound therapy, soft tissue releasing, acupuncture and/or a controlled strengthening and stretching programme, but these will depend on your presentation at the clinics after an assessment with one of our physiotherapists.