What is tennis elbow
Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow. Its clinical name is lateral epicondylitis. It is very similar to golfers elbow. It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and near the elbow joint.
What causes tennis elbow
As the name suggests, over use of the elbow joint playing tennis can cause this condition. It is not, however, restricted to tennis. Racket sports in general, such as squash and badminton can also cause the symptoms as can throwing activities from javelin and discus to cricket. The repetitive nature and physical stress in swimming can also cause this condition. Other activities from gardening to painting and decorating and playing musical instruments often lead to elbow pain. Essentially activity involving repetitive use of the elbow can lead to soreness and pain.
There are also other factors that can cause pain on the outside of the elbow. These include issues with the neck where nerve tissue cannot move freely or even a referral symptoms from the spine itself. It is vital that all areas are assessed to provide you with the correct input.
How to treat tennis elbow
Physiotherapy has proven to be very successful in treating the short term and longer term symptoms of this condition. A management program using a combination of treatments is used to lower the risk of re-occurrence. These treatments include: