Anatomy of “Tennis Elbow”

Tennis elbow affects the outer aspect of the elbow joint, with the pain feeling like it’s on the bone. Pain can radiate down into the forearm and sometimes into the hand.

The tissues causing the pain are usually the tendons of the forearm extensor muscles, most commonly the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis – this is a muscle which helps to stabilise the wrist when the elbow is straight or almost straight. This is why people get pain when they reach out and pick something up – the muscle is doing two jobs at once and it is struggling.

When the muscle has been overworked the tendon at the elbow becomes inflamed and painful. If properly rested in the initial stages of the injury it can settle down but if not, it becomes a chronic condition which can be tricky to get rid of without proper treatment. The muscles become very tight and sore and the elbow gets more painful.

If you think you have tennis elbow or any other ache or pain, please don’t leave it – call us on 01438 317037 to arrange a consultation with one of our physiotherapists who will assess you, provide you with a diagnosis and give you some treatment and advice.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist