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Tennis Elbow

By November 14, 2019 No Comments

What is it?

Tennis Elbow is a broad term used to describe pain that occurs primarily where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow.

Symptoms

  • Pain at the elbow that may spread to the forearm and wrist
  • Pain with activities such as shaking hands, turning a doorknob or opening a jar

Causes

Tendon overload is usually caused by repetitive movements of the wrist such as;

  • Painting
  • Driving screws
  • Cutting food (primarily meat)

Pain is due to tiny tears in the tendon

Risk Factors

  • Age (more common in the 30-50 year old age group)
  • Occupation (jobs that require a lot of use of the wrist and hand such as in construction or cooking)
  • Sports (racquet sports)

What to do?

Most cases of tennis elbow respond well to physiotherapy treatment, which may include

  • Advice to stay active, with modifications to avoid significant pain
  • Pain relief such as ice
  • Exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles
  • Counter force brace

Treatment outside of physiotherapy may include a corticosteroid injection or surgery in more severe cases.