Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
This is probably the most common injury we see, whether it is caused by a sports injury, through poor technique or lack of muscle strength or simple repetitive overuse. Often pain is then felt during everyday activities such as bending your elbow, holding heavy objects and even twisting your forearm when opening a bottle or jar.
It's not just tennis that causes tennis elbow, other risk factors include prolonged computer use, driving, DIY, and sports that require a throwing motion.
The elbow joint is surrounded by the muscles and tendons that control its movement, as well as those of the wrist and hand. Small tears and inflammation in these muscles and tendons often occurs around the bony lump (epicondyle) on the outside of the elbow where the tendons attach to the bone. This then produces pain and weakness.
Similar to tennis elbow, this is caused by overload or overuse. It is like tennis elbow, only with this condition, the pain is felt along the inside of the elbow, and affects those tendons and muscles that flex your wrist and fingers. Pain is typically felt when gripping and flexing the forearm and hand and often affects golfers (hence the name!) and sports that involve throwing such as cricket and field sports.
Treatment offered aims to reduce pain and help tissue repair and includes stretching and strengthening exercises, joint mobilisation, massage or trigger point therapy as well as advice.
There are many different types of elbow pain, if you are unsure whether we can help you please contact us for a free spinal check.