So what exactly is tennis elbow? And does it really only happen to tennis players?
Well, firstly it’s an injury that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons on the outside of elbow. These tendons go from the elbow along the back of your forearm are used in order to grip and pull your wrist back. The name comes from the fact that it was found to happen a lot in players who had a racket grip that was the wrong size, and were perhaps training too hard or gripping too tight.
In fact, tennis elbow is a problem that can happen to absolutely anyone. If you’re involved in an occupation, hobby, or sport that involves frequent or sustained gripping and twisting of the wrist, you may be at risk of developing this problem. This time of year is common for developing tennis elbow, often due to too much gardening or digging, too much decorating, or of course too much tennis.
If you do start to experience this type of problem, early diagnosis and treatment really can help you to get on top of it quickly and effectively. This is important because if it is left to develop into what is known as a ‘chronic’ condition, treatment at such a late stage is often less effective or can take longer to improve the condition.Seeing a physiotherapist is one of the best options. They have a detailed understanding of how muscles and tendons work and can make an accurate diagnosis and identify the cause of the pain – something which is vital for success and your recovery. From this point on, the therapist can offer a wide range treatments such as manual therapy, Kinesio taping, acupuncture, modalities and in some cases injection therapy to resolve your pain, together with exercises to help you return to normal activity.
If you’ve had this problem for a while and other treatments haven’t helped as much as you’d hoped, then often a safe and simple injection can help. There is very little pain involved but research has shown that if the injection is put in exactly the right place, results can be very effective.
More and more physiotherapists are now performing these injections. Indeed Connect Physical Health has nine such practitioners who regularly administer injections for tennis elbows and many other conditions.
So remember, you don’t need to be a tennis star such as Andy Murray to suffer from tennis elbow but if you do, dealing with it in the right way, at the right time, is the key to success.
Note: The content of this article is for general information purposes and is not meant to replace physiotherapy or medical consultation