Tennis Elbow – Research has demonstrated that Physiotherapy treatment can be highly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic “tennis elbow”. Tennis elbow, or “lateral epicondylalgia” as it has more recently been named, often involves more than localised pathology around the elbow.
Research – Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylalgia, is a common affliction not often related to actually playing tennis. Research has demonstrated that if tennis elbow pain has been present for about 8 weeks, or if the condition has been active previously, then there will also be a neck component maintaining the pain and dysfunction rather than just a local elbow problem.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow can certainly be caused by racquet sports, but it is common in any sport or occupation that involves gripping or throwing eg weightlifting or canoeing, or carpentry and brick laying. You will feel pain with gripping and lifting.
Where Is Tennis Elbow Pain Felt?
You’ll feel pain over the outside bump of the elbow. This bump is known as your lateral epicondyle. The medical term for tennis elbow is “lateral epicondyalgia” meaning a painful lateral epicondyle. Typically you’ll suffer sharp localised pain over the bony bump. As the condition deteriorates, the forearm muscles become tender and remain in a spasm-like contraction.
What’s the Cause of Tennis Elbow?
Like most overuse injuries, it is most commonly caused by repeated microtrauma. You may not have allowed the injury to ever fully heal and ultimately it becomes increasingly painful. It may also be caused if you do an activity that you are not used to, and your muscles are not strong enough to keep doing the activity (such as pruning in the garden).