What is Tennis Elbow?
Lateral Elbow Pain or Lateral Epicondylalgia is commonly known as Tennis Elbow
It occurs when the tendon on the outside of elbow is overloaded
Usually develops over time due to “wear and tear”
There may be sudden or gradual onset of pain
Pain is located on bony part of outside elbow, with no referral or spread elsewhere
Pain occurs with gripping or picking things up
Symptoms may change and progress over time if pain is persistent
What can I do about it?
Lateral Elbow pain can be quite stubborn – the best way to treat it is to seek advice from your Health Professional. In the mean time there are things you can try:
Avoid aggravating activities or positions in the initial stages where possible
Carry things with your palm up
Carry things close to your body
Load the tendon with exercise – isometric or static hold (60” duration) exercises are most effective in early stages, but must be pain free – gripping in pronation/supination with varying angles of elbow flexion.
Stretching Wrist Flexors, Triceps, Pectorals, Lat Dorsi
If the condition persists rehabilitation may need to be more comprehensive and address the entire upper limb, so please seek further advice early.