Tennis elbow, (or lateral epicondylitis), is an inflammation of the extensor tendons on the outer aspect of the elbow. The inflammation can occur in the junction between the muscle and tendon; or in the tendon itself or just where the tendon attaches to the bone.
Why does it happen?
It is generally caused by repetitive muscle contraction.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
- Pain around the outside of the elbow
- Pain on gripping
- Pain on twisting eg: wringing out a dish cloth
What your physiotherapist can do
- A thorough assessment will help determine the cause and nature of your problem
- ‘Hands-on’ specific soft tissue techniques
- ‘Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Corticosteriod injection
- Advice on prevention or recurrence
Your Physiotherapist will discuss your diagnosis with you and tailor your treatment to meet your needs.
What you can do to treat tennis elbow
- Avoid repetitive activities for long sessions
- Apply a cold pack wrapped in a damp cloth
- Apply an elbow brace (in stock at Balmoral Physiotherapy)
- See your Physiotherapist
It is worth noting that not all elbow pain is tennis elbow and that other structures around the elbow or even the neck can refer and cause similar symptoms. We can treat Tennis Elbow in Gosforth.