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Tennis Elbow


Tennis Elbow or also known as Lateral Epicondylitis a painful strain injury that occurs when the tendons mainly Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) in the elbow are overloaded or degenerated by usual repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.

Tennis Elbow usually develops over time. The cause of tennis elbow is due to repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. The repeated motions and stress to the tissue may result in a series of tiny tears in the forearm muscles attached to a bony bump on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. This pain can spread into the forearm and wrist. ⁣

The symptoms of Tennis Elbow develop gradually. In most cases, the pain begins as mild and slowly worsens over weeks and months. There is usually no specific injury associated with the start of symptoms.

Common symptoms of Tennis Elbow may include:
– Pain and tenderness in the bony bump on the outside of your elbow. This bump is where the injured tendons connect to the bone.
– Pain may also radiate into the upper or lower arm.
– Pain when you lift something, make a fist, grip an object, open a door, shake hands, raise your hand or straighten your wrist.

Physical therapy can help treat Tennis Elbow. The goal of treatment is to improve the strength and flexibility of your forearm muscles. Treatment will include manual therapy, ice therapy as well as kinesio taping to help improve blood flow to the tendons, and ease the pain. Personalised exercises that stretch and strengthen your muscles will also be prescribed to improve healing. As the pain decreases, you will be taught tips on how to change your tennis stroke or other activities that are causing your elbow troubles. If in doubt, seek professional advice.