Tennis elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis, is pain that is felt at the outside of the elbow joint. However it is not always caused by playing tennis!. The elbow joint is surrounded by muscles and tendons that move the elbow joint, and also the wrist and hand. When these muscles and tendons become overloaded they can cause pain at the bone on the outside of the elbow joint, the lateral epicondyle. The tendons attaching muscle to the elbow joint become inflamed and cause the Tennis Elbow pain. Twisting movements of the arm become most painful, like opening a jar or doing some DIY with a screwdriver. Pain that occurs on the inside of the elbow joint is commonly called golfers elbow.
Reducing strenuous activity of the affected elbow will help to ease symptoms, as will application of a cold compress. Physiotherapy is very helpful to treat the muscles and tendons that are causing the elbow pain. Treatment includes joint manipulation, muscular release work of the area and dry needling. Your Chartered Physiotherapist will then prescribe you an exercise programme to stretch tight muscles and also to strengthening the muscles around the elbow joint. This will restore painfree full range of movement and function of the elbow joint.
If you are suffering from elbow pain, call us today for an appointment at Motion Physio Clinic, Prosperous, Tel: 045 841010. I can perform an assessment, give you a diagnosis and treat you as required.