Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow ia also known as lateral epicondylitis and epicondyle bursitis. It is a condition where there is pain at the outer aspect of the elbow. When pressing the area, there is usually tenderness around the bony area known as the lateral epicondyle.

A tennis elbow makes it difficult for a person to straighten the arm, do work, take part in sports, and can be very distressing.

Fortunately there are many ways to treat tennis elbow very effectively.

How Is Tennis Elbow Related To Tennis?

Tennis elbow is a condition that commonly follows a period of over activity, particularly unaccustomed activity that involves active extension (to stretch out) and supination (turning palm upward) of the arm. The backhand swing of tennis involves such movements and can injure the tendons and muscles of the elbow, leading to inflammation and pain. However, the condition can be caused by many activities instead of tennis.

What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Any activity involving repeated movement of the wrist and forearm, or repeated twisting of the wrist coupled with inadequate rest, may cause Tennis elbow. Possible activities include:

  • Working with a screw driver
  • Painting with a brush
  • Hammering
  • Scissoring


Such activities may cause tiny tears in the muscle fibers and the tendons attaching the muscles of the forearm to the epicondyles. These tears may heal themselves if given sufficient rest but if the activity is vigorous or continued, healing becomes delayed and there is prolonged inflammation and tissue degeneration of the tendons.

What Are The Main Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow?

  • Pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow
  • Pain that becomes worse on doing work
  • A weak grip
  • Stiffness in the forearm
  • Restriction of elbow movements

What Are The Standard Treatment Options For Tennis Elbow?

The aim of the treatment is to allow the tendon to heal. Some helpful measures include:

  • Avoidance of the activity that is causing the injury
  • Ice or heat application
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Local injection of steroids
  • Splints to keep the elbow and forearm fixed in a resting position
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy

New Non-Invasive Treatment Options For Tennis Elbow

With the recent advances in medical technology, there are now quite a number of new treatment options available to patients with tennis elbow.

For patients who are still suffering despite other treatments, The Pain Relief Clinic offers a number of highly effective solutions for tennis elbow such as Shockwave Therapy.

If you are unsure whether you suffer from tennis elbow, or are still in pain despite other standard treatments, we are able to help.

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