Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylosis)
Today we will share with you some self help exercises to help if you are unfortunate enough to develop elbow pain, commonly known as tennis elbow. Tendon’s do not like to be over loaded or under loaded so if you are new to tennis in order to reduce the risk of injury don’t go from playing no tennis to playing for hours every day, build up slowly.
Tennis elbow is the most common cause of all elbow symptoms. It affects 1-3% of the population It is more common in individuals older than 40 years of age. It is pain on outside of the elbow which affects tennis players but also weight lifters, office workers, builders, gardeners, and people taking up new and repetitive activities such as decorating or playing the violin. Most people with this problem have some pain when gripping, lifting pans, opening jars, bending their arm, shaking someone’s hand firmly or holding a cup.
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury which occurs where the tendon which extends the wrist attaches to the outside of the elbow.
The best treatment for tennis elbow is frictions, massage, joint mobilisations combined with exercises. Acupuncture is another effective treatment for tennis elbow too; we offer this at all of our physiotherapy clinics at Havant and Rowlands Castle, Hampshire.
Please be aware of your body and take advice from your GP before exercising or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and guidance.
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If you are suffering from elbow pain and want to find a physio or sports therapist near you then we have physiotherapy, sports therapy and sports massage clinics in Havant and Rolands Castle, Hampshire.