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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Extensor Tendinopathy) is a common cause of elbow pain. It is characterised by pain over the outer side of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. Tennis Elbow is equally common in men and women, peaking in prevalence between the ages of 30 and 50. Despite the name, Tennis Elbow does not just affect tennis players and is most often associated with work-related activities such as painting, meat cutting and weaving.



Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is the result of chronic overloading of the extensor tendons of the forearm as they attach to the humerus (upper arm) bone, just above the elbow joint. Typically this results in a slow accumulation of degenerative tissue. It is caused by prolonged gripping activities such as hammering, driving screws, weight lifting, playing certain musical instruments, canoeing, digging in the garden, driving and, of course, racquet sports.

In some cases, simple things like turning a door handle can cause some intense pain.

Commonly people can have associated cervical (neck) and shoulder dysfunctions



Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Once the diagnosis has been confirmed as tennis elbow your physiotherapist will look to carry out treatments to restore the normal joint motion of the elbow, release any muscle tightness with massage or dry needling. They will then give you a strengthening programme to help restore the normal tendon make-up.

Sometimes tennis elbow is slow to respond to treatment and referral onto a sports specialist is required for injections.

Your physiotherapist will also give you advise on ways to modify daily activities that may be contributing to the overloading of the tendon



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