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  • Writer's pictureNina Crowhurst

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.

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