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  • Writer's pictureChristopher nour

Tennis Elbow: An Injury not just from Tennis

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that affects the outer part of the elbow. It is caused by repetitive stress and overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, which attach to the lateral epicondyle (the bony bump on the outer part of the elbow). This leads to inflammation and microtears in the tendons, causing pain and weakness in the arm.

Symptoms of tennis elbow may include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow

  • Weakness in the forearm

  • Stiffness in the elbow joint

  • A burning or aching sensation in the arm

Treatment for tennis elbow typically involves a combination of rest, ice, and pain relief medication. In most cases, physiotherapy can also be an effective way to manage symptoms and help speed up the healing process.

How Physiotherapy Can Help with Tennis Elbow

Physiotherapy is a form of rehabilitation that involves exercises and techniques to help reduce pain, improve strength and flexibility, and promote healing. Here's how physiotherapy can help with tennis elbow:

  1. Pain Management: Our physiotherapists can help manage the pain caused by tennis elbow by using techniques such as ultrasound, heat therapy, and soft tissue massage. These techniques can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing, while also providing relief from pain and discomfort.

  2. Strength and Flexibility Exercises: Our physiotherapists can prescribe specific exercises to help strengthen the forearm muscles and improve flexibility in the elbow joint. These exercises can help to reduce stress on the affected area and prevent future injury.

  3. Stretching: Stretching is an important aspect of physiotherapy for tennis elbow. Our physiotherapists can show patients how to stretch the forearm muscles and tendons in a safe and effective manner, which can help to reduce pain and improve flexibility.

  4. Education: Our physiotherapists can provide patients with important information about tennis elbow, including how to properly use the affected arm and how to avoid activities that may worsen symptoms. They can also provide advice on ergonomics, posture, and other lifestyle modifications that can help to prevent the condition from recurring.

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that can be effectively managed with physiotherapy. If you are suffering from tennis elbow, it is important to seek the help of one of our qualified physiotherapists who can develop a personalised treatment plan to meet your specific needs and help you get back to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible.

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