Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as ‘lateral epicondylitis’ is a common overuse syndrome.

Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy assess and identify whether this or something else is causing pain in the elbow. Following this, the physiotherapist will outline the most effective form of treatment.

Symptoms

  • Pain on the outer side of the elbow
  • Gripping, lifting, typing may provoke pain

Mechanism of injury

Tennis elbow is an over-use injury of the forearm. Although it is called ‘tennis’ elbow, it is caused by tennis in only 5% of people.

It is usually cause by an activity that involves repetitive use of the extensor muscles (located on the outer side of the forearm). These muscles are active during typing, gripping, vibration, lifting and one-sided activities.

The location of the pain is at the attachment point of the extensor muscles at the elbow. The quality of the collagen structure at this position is affected in people who have tennis elbow.

With the correct advice from a physiotherapist, it is possible to improve the structure of the collagen.

Rehabilitation

The best research evidence for treatment of tennis elbow supports the use of a supervised exercise programme. This is likely to include a form of exercises that are referred to as “eccentric exercises”. These exercises load the forearm extensor tendon in a very specific way, which improves the structure of the tendon and reduces pain.

Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy:

  • Specific rehabilitative exercises
  • Clinical Massage Therapy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Taping
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture

Book an assessment

Email: alo@alo-physiotherapy.co.uk

Call: 020 7636 8845

Resources:

Viswas R, Ramachandran R, Korde Anantkumar P. Comparison of Effectiveness of Supervised Exercise Program and Cyriax Physiotherapy in Patients with Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): A Randomized Clinical Trial. The Scientific World Journal. 2012;2012:939645. doi:10.1100/2012/939645.

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