Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common cause of elbow pain. It can be caused by numerous factors, both in sport or day to day tasks; for example, a tennis player with faulty technique, or a tradesman constantly using the muscles in the forearm. Tennis elbow pain usually originates from the outer aspect of the elbow and can also radiate down into the forearm. There can be pain when using the extensor muscles of the forearm to move the hand back at the wrist and also during griping activities. The origin of these muscles at the elbow is also often tender to touch. Despite the name tennis elbow isn't just a condition that affects tennis player's, it is actually quite common in the general population.
Golfer's elbow is a similar condition to tennis elbow, except that the pain presents on the inside aspect of the elbow and radiates into the forearm. In this instance it is the flexor muscles of the forearm which are the source of pain. These muscles work to curl the hand forward at the wrist. The signs and symptoms of golfer's elbow include tenderness over the inside of the elbow, with pain on gripping and curling the wrist against resistance. Despite the name golfer's elbow is not a condition that only affects golfer's and is often seen in the general population.
What we can do to help
When you visit us, a thorough examination of your elbow, its range of movement and any restrictions or pain, will be completed. Once this is complete the physio will create a treatment plan specifically for your condition, and communicate this with you. The physiotherapist will then use a number of treatment modalities to facilitate your recovery: soft tissue work, joint mobilisation, electrotherapy, acupuncture and exercise therapy.
To find out more or to book an appointment with one of our experienced physio's please call:
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