What is Tennis Elbow?
The most common injury that can occur at the elbow is colloquially known as tennis elbow. The correct clinical term for this condition is lateral epicondylalgia or an extensor tendinopathy. This is when there is an overuse injury to the tendons on the back of the forearm where they insert onto the bone around the elbow. You can also get a similar issue with the tendons at the front of the forearm and this is known as golfer’s elbow or clinically as medial epicondylalgia or a flexor tendinopathy.
Can Physiotherapy help with Tennis Elbow?
Physiotherapists effectively treat tennis elbow using activity modification, taping, manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise prescription. Treatment may also address the neck, as it is closely related to the rest of the arm. The most important aspect of treatment though, is building the capacity of the muscles to ensure that they are strong enough to handle any of the tasks for which they are required. This is achieved with an individualised rehabilitation program that slowly increases in difficulty over time, ensuring the muscles and tendons get stronger without being further irritated.