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.
- 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
Tendon overload is usually caused by repetitive movements of the wrist such as;
- Driving screws
- Cutting food (primarily meat)
Pain is due to tiny tears in the tendon
- 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.