What is tennis elbow?
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow can be brought on by an acute injury or sudden movement producing high forces through the tendon, but more commonly the onset is gradual over time with repetitive movements requiring lots of wrist and hand movement or gripping, e.g. gardening, cleaning, DIY, manual work or typing.
How do I recognise the symptoms?
· Bending or fully straightening the arm
· Holding heavy objects or opening cans and bottles
· Typing or writing for long periods of time
· Using heavy items for prolonged periods such as a drill
· Twisting or doing rotational movement in with the arm e.g. racquet sports
· Pain can be produced by touching the outside of the elbow
What can I do to manage the pain?
Other useful adjuncts for relieving pain include the use of analgesia such as paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Using ice packs can also be useful for symptomatic relief of pain even though there may be little in the way of actual inflammation.
You shouldn’t take ibuprofen or aspirin if you’re pregnant or have asthma, indigestion or an ulcer until you’ve spoken to your doctor or pharmacist. Medication can have side-effects so you should read the label carefully and check with your pharmacist if you have any queries. Always seek medical advice if needed before taking medication.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Medical management - Steroid injections
Don’t just put up with symptoms – get the injury checked out!
Specalist MSK Physiotherapist, Physio Three Sixty, Hitchin