Who has been watching the Australian Open (https://ausopen.com/) this year? With the final matches yet to come, it has been another year of great tennis.
Does the term 'tennis elbow' comes to mind when you think of the game? It may do, as it is a common injury and it certainly does not only happen to tennis players.
What is it?
Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition on the outside of the elbow usually caused by overuse of the extension forearm muscles. This can happen if you've in repetitive activities such as computer work, gardening, painting or a sport involving the use of the hand and wrist.
What are the treatment options?
The majority of patients with lateral epicondylitis get better with non-operative treatment methods. These may include:
- Physiotherapy (exercises, taping, bracing, etc)
- Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
- Change in work or hobby set up
It is important to note all tennis elbows are different and the management of these will entirely depend on the presentation, as outlined in the article by Coombes et al (2015)¹. Treatment will have to be adapted, especially if there are other factors such as neck pain, tendon tears or nerve pain.
Please contact us on 9301 4711 if you would like to book an appointment or find out more information.
Laura Cruz - http://www.joondalupphysiotherapy.com.au
¹Coombes et al (2015) Management of Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy: One Size Does Not Fit All, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2015, Volume:45 Issue:11 Pages:938-949 doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5841