Tennis elbow

What is Tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow isn’t just limited to tennis players! Certain repetitive movements of the wrist can cause this condition through inflammation of the tendons on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow at a bony prominence (lateral epicondyle) of the upper arm.

What causes tennis elbow?

Any repetitive motion of the wrist, including tennis, hedge clipping, excessive use of a hammer or screwdriver, painting, or any activity that requires excessive constant gripping or squeezing can cause the condition known as tennis elbow.
You may notice pain:

  • on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow.
  • when lifting or bending your arm.
  • when gripping small objects, such as a pen.
  • when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar.
  • fully extend your forearm.

How can physiotherapy and rehabilitation help to relieve tennis elbow?

Our physiotherapists use a combination of manual therapy and electrotherapy to reduce pain and improve muscle dynamics. It is essential to begin an eccentric strength program to help the tendon to heal and prevent recurrence. This combination of manual physiotherapy, stretch and exercise is vital in resolving this injury. The condition can be further improved or prevented by using therapeutic/kinesio taping.