What is it?
It is usually caused by their trauma or overuse. Generally the overuse injuries will last for longer. The tendons of the wrist extensor a become aggravated by over working, this can cause micro-trauma to the tendon, unfortunately if we continue to over use the tendon it doesn’t resolve and hence remains painful.
The most common site for tennis elbow are either where the tendon inserts into the bone.
Tennis elbow is common in gym goers due to the repetitive gripping nature involved in gripping Dumbbells and barbells. It can often be over looked and ignored for too long and then becomes painful as a result. Jobs that involve repetitive gripping, wrist use, carrying etc can all lead to the condition (eg carpentry, sewing)
A nice simple trick is only lift things with the palm up, this can considerably reduce the overload to the outside of the elbow and improve the pain. A tennis elbow brace can also help.
Physiotherapy assessment and treatment has been found to be beneficial in reduced pain and improving the function of those with tennis elbow.
Treatment should consistent of: