Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylalgia)

24 May, 2019

Does playing Tennis cause Tennis Elbow?

The answer is YES. But that is not the most common cause of it. Only 5 % of cases are caused from playing tennis.

So what is Lateral Epicondylalgia?

Lateral epicondylalgia known as Tennis Elbow is the most common type of overuse injury in the elbow. It is injury to the muscles and tendons of your forearm sometimes causing degeneration. These muscles originate from the lateral epicondyle of your elbow. That’s the bump on the outside of your elbow.

Tennis elbow

This can present as pain on the outside of your forearm, reduced grip strength and difficulty carrying objects while the elbow is extended. It can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years and longer with appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

What is the cause?

Tennis elbow is caused by overuse and repetitive forces or stress on the tendon near the attachment onto the bone of the humerus. Repetitive upper limb activities like heavy lifting, computer use, forceful rotation of the wrist and repetitive vibrations can cause tennis elbow. Some common occupations where people can suffer tennis elbow include:

  • Painters
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Butchers
  • Factory workers
  • Gardeners and
  • Electricians

Those 35-50 years old are post likely to be affected.

Treatment options

There is a few options to consider after being diagnosed with this condition. There is medical management that can be included in your treatment. You can speak to your GP for more information. As physiotherapists we can help control your pain and get your moving again by providing education and advice on modification of activities, use joint mobilisations, prescribe strengthening and stretching exercises and fit a brace.

Here at Generation Physio & Allied Health, we have a team of dedicated physiotherapists who can assess and treat you effectively for a variety of conditions.

Call our friendly admin team on 1300 122 884 to book an appointment now.

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