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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis is an over use injury which causes pain around the outside of the elbow. Tennis Elbow is common in people aged 40-60 and will often affect the dominant arm, but can occur in the non-dominant arm or in some cases both arms.  

What causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow is an overuse injury. It occurs when the elbow muscles and tendons in the forearm are strained due to a strenuous or repetitive activity. When these tendons and muscles become strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop near the outside of your elbow (Lateral epicondyle). Causes of Tennis Elbow include:

  • Banging or knocking the elbow
  • Playing racquet sports
  • Playing throwing sports
  • Gardening or decorating
  • Manual work such as plumbing or bricklaying
  • Activities that involve fine, repetitive hand and wrist movements; using scissors or typing

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain around the outside of elbow
  • Pain can increases shaking hands or squeezing objects
  • Pain can when lifting an object, opening jars and occasionally when using simple kitchen utensils
  • Pain when bending or lifting the arm
  • Stiffness and pain when fully extending the arm

How can it diagnoses?

Tennis Elbow can be diagnosed through an physical examination, this will involve moving the elbow to see where the pain is being produced.

How can we help?

Tennis Elbow is a very treatable condition and can heal on its own, however this process may take a long period of time and are at high risk of the injury reoccurring. At Complete Chiropractic our sports therapists will educate and support you along the way to recovery, treatment may involve:

  • Ice therapy
  • Taping
  • Strengthen exercises
  • Elbow joint mobilisations
  • After care advice and support
  • Stretching exercises

What are the benefits of sports therapy treatment?  

The aim of our Sports therapy treatment is to speed up your recovery from injury and prevent the tendonitis from reoccurring. The main benefits of Sports therapy treatment are:

  • Pain and inflammation reduction
  • Improvement in ankle range of movement
  • Improvement in ankle strength
  • Accelerated recovery time
  • Prevention of the injury reoccurring