- Tennis players
- Office workers
Lateral Epicondylalgia or “Tennis Elbow” as it is more commonly known is a frustrating injury to the elbow. It generally occurs on the dominant arm and caused by repetitive use of the wrist extensor muscles. Generally tennis elbow sufferers feel the pain on the bony aspect on the outside of the elbow, where the wrist extensor muscles attach.
Tennis elbow is generally prominent in people between the ages of 25 and 50. Most sufferers of tennis elbow report that their pain is exacerbated by activity and improved by rest. The large majority of tennis elbow sufferers report the pain onset being after periods of unaccustomed activity.
Initially the main cause of tennis elbow was the wear and tear of the tendons of the wrist extensor muscles. However new evidence has recently led us to believe that tennis elbow is caused by an increased sensitivity of the radial nerve at the elbow or referral from your neck. Therefore as part of your assessment, our physiotherapists will examine your neck and shoulder thoroughly to ensure that no stone is left unturned with regards to the management of your pain.
Following the diagnosis of tennis elbow, your local moveforward physiotherapist will assess your neck and upper quadrant in detail to determine the exact contributing factors for your presentation. From here they will advise you of the best path forward and prescribe you with an individualised treatment management plan in order to provide the most efficient and effective rehabilitation for you. It may include the following:
- Dry needling
- Heat / Ice packs
- Strengthening exercises
- Pilates or 1:1 exercise rehabilitation at our Hocking Physiotherapy clinic
or Quinns Physiotherapy clinic