Do you feel any pain or discomfort when gripping items or extending your fingers?
If you do, you may have tennis elbow – a very common physical aliment that is estimated to effect 15% of the population working in manual trades or repetitive professions (and 40% of tennis players, hence the name). Tennis elbow symptoms are usually located to the outside of your elbow, and may feel painful, or “tender”, over the elbow joint. You may find that it’s just a few specific elbow, hand or even neck, movements that trigger the painful sensation in your elbow.
The good news is that tennis elbow is typically a straightforward rehabilitation process with a very high success rate, but as with all repetitive injuries, the sooner you seek treatment, the quicker you can be restored to full health and function.
It sounds like I may have tennis elbow, what could have caused it?
As mentioned, tennis elbow is typically a repetitive stress injury and can be caused by a wide range of repetitive physical activities – tennis is a prime example, however simple activities such as long stints of typing or using a mouse can cause tennis elbow.
We have seen a fair number of people over the years come into our clinic with tennis elbow from painting a bedroom – as these people are not Painters by trade, the repetitive and unaccustomed hand and wrist movements take their toll on the soft tissue and progressively injure it as the movement is repeated over and over again.
What treatment is available for tennis elbow and how effective is it?
At Rosanna Physio, we have over 30 years experience put a treatment plan in place that will resolve your elbow pain and any tissue injuries, while restoring full movement to your elbow and grip strength. This is achieved through a combination of:
- Gentle mobilisation of neck and elbow joints
- Elbow taping
- Shockwave therapy
- Muscle stretches exercises
- Muscle strengthening exercises
You will likely also be given a home treatment plan to expedite your road to recovery. Treating tennis elbow is typically a straightforward process once it is accurately diagnosed and well-managed by an experienced Physiotherapist.
You don’t have to play tennis to get tennis elbow, any number of repetitive movements can cause trigger it