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What is Tennis elbow (also known clinically as lateral epicondylitis)?

It’s clinically known as lateral epicondylitis.

It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint.
The elbow joint is surrounded by muscles that move your elbow, wrist and fingers. The tendons in your elbow join the bones and muscles together, and control the muscles of your forearm.

Tennis elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles attached to your elbow and used to straighten your wrist. If the muscles and tendons are strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop near the bony lump (the lateral epicondyle) on the outside of your elbow.

Although yes tennis is a cause oftentimes it is caused by other activities that place repeated stress on the elbow joint, such as decorating or playing the violin.

Pain that occurs on the inner side of the elbow is often known as golfer’s elbow.

Symptoms of this condition

  • Pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow
  • Difficulty when lifting or bending your arm
  • Pain with gripping small objects, such as a pen
  • Difficulty and pain when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar
  • You may also find it difficult to fully extend your arm

Treatments we provide for tennis elbow

  • Massage
  • Dry Needling and electro acupuncture
  • Sports taping
  • Ultrasound
  • Manipulation
  • Rest from offending activity (where possible)

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