OUCH, this can be extremely painful and life delimitating and is no laughing matter. If often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint. You might then notice it when you carry heavy bags, try to twist open a jar lid or even have difficulty fully extending your arm.
Also knows as washer women’s elbow which helps further to understand how repetitive movement causes the condition. Pain that occurs on the inner side of the elbow is often known as golfer’s elbow and again you don’t need to be a golfer to experience.
While playing racquet sport increases the risk of developing tennis elbow. Equally working in the garden and those jobs that require repetitive movement such as painting, bricklaying or using scissors puts you at risk.
Simply avoiding the repetitive action is not always possibly but in all honestly necessary to improve the condition. Tennis elbow can get better on its own and a cold press on the area can help as will mild pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs.
In some cases, treatment is necessary, as the condition can last for weeks, even months and reoccurrence is very common. Treatment by physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function and plays a vital role in the relief of pain and healing. A physiotherapist can also provide you exercises to strengthen your forearm and guide you on the use of orthosis such as a brace or strapping and information on prevention going forwards.
Left untreated tennis able can become chronic, quite simply meaning ongoing. Getting advice early on is extremely important for this condition. Thankfully, there is no waiting list to access physiotherapy at Sarum Physio. In addition, we shall provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your treatment and able to offer acupuncture which can further