It’s Wimbledon time of year when many people are picking up a racquet after a long break and although tennis elbow is often caused by activities other than tennis, it’s a good opportunity to talk about a very common injury.
Tennis elbow, also called elbow tendinopathy or lateral epicondylitis, is a common overuse injury of the elbow just below the bone on the outside of the joint when the palm is facing up. It’s typically an overuse injury caused by wear and tear and sometimes inflammation where the tendons insert into the forearm muscles. Repetitive overloading can be caused by activities such as prolonged hammer use or even faulty body mechanics whilst sitting at a computer.
What are the signs and symptoms?
- Recurring pain on the outside of the upper forearm just below the bend of the elbow; occasionally, pain radiates towards the wrist.
- Pain caused by lifting or bending the arm or grasping even light objects such as a coffee cup. - Difficulty extending the forearm fully
- Reduced forearm strength
- Point tenderness near muscular insertion sites of the lateral elbow
Premier Physio’s top tips:
- See your onsite Physiotherapist for a FREE 15min musculoskeletal screening assessment – this will identify potential weak areas for you to target in your training BEFORE they turn into injuries
- If you have elbow pain, early intervention is key to preventing development of a chronic problem
- Ergonomic Workstation Assessment to prevent strain and overuse injuries at work
- Your Physiotherapist can assess the cause, design a treatment program and assist in restoring full pre-injury function.
To book an appointment with a Premiertherapy Physio at Bankside Heath club, call Premier Therapy and quote 'Better Bankside £10 Tasters' on 020 7687 7600 or email info [at] premiertherapy.co.uk.
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