How To Beat Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a very common elbow overuse injury which effects about forty precent of us will experience at some point in our lives.

Despite its name, only approximately five percent of all cases of this annoying alement are actually attributed to playing tennis! The more appropriate name for this condition is an extensor tendinopathy as it affects the tendons that extend the wrist joint and attach to a common point at the outside of your elbow.

While the exact cause is not fully understood, it is thought to be the result of overload causing repetitive microtrauma to these extensor tendons that causes the pain. This overload can occur in any activity, from racquet sports or gardening to typing on the computer, anything that involves repetitive wrist extension.

What are the symptoms? 

Often those affected will experience pain around the outside of the elbow that may radiate downwards into the forearm and even pain on the outside of the affected the elbow. Pain on gripping, lifting the second/third finger or extending the wrist is also common.

How do I treat it?   

There are two pieces of good news! Firstly 80-90% of Tennis Elbow sufferers recover fully in one to two years and secondly conservative management (Physiotherapy) is recommended as the first line of treatment!

An experienced Medwest physiotherapist can assess your elbow and upper limb to find the cause, provide activity modification advice, prescribe appropriate rehabilitation exercises and manual therapy to provide pain relief.

A Medwest physiotherapist can also assist in giving advice regarding your work set up or sporting equipment.  While no one treatment modality that is proven to be effective entirely on its own, a combination of both mobilisation and exercise may reduce pain and improve function.

There are several conditions which present with very similar symptoms to tennis elbow. Make sure you see one of the experienced team at Medwest Health Care to ensure an accurate diagnosis and effective rehabilitation.