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A useful exercise for “Tennis Elbow”

If you do have “tennis elbow” part of your recovery will be exercises to strengthen the muscles which have been injured.

One of these exercises which could help before you seek treatment is eccentric wrist extension…don’t worry we will show you what this is!!

Here is a link to a video (we think it’s Spanish!) it shows you exactly how to do the exercise.

“Tennis Elbow” exercise video

I would recommend 3 sets of 12, every other day using a light weight or resistance band. You may experience mild discomfort, but the exercise shouldn’t worsen your elbow pain. If it does, stop doing the exercise and call us for a consultation.

For an assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your elbow pain, please call us to book in for a consultation with one of our physiotherapists – 01438 317037.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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

“Tennis Elbow”

Have you ever met a tennis player with elbow pain? I actually haven’t! Contrary to the name this condition is known by, it affects a lot more of the population than just tennis players.

To give it the proper medical term this injury is Lateral Epicondylopathy / Epicondialgia.

3D illustration of a tennis elbow with close-up.

Pain on the outside of the elbow, usually pinpoint on the bone or just below with stiffness radiating into the forearm. 

If you have “tennis elbow” the likelihood is you will struggle with gripping heavy items so you may have pain when lifting the kettle, your arm might be sore after carrying a few heavy shopping bags around town and you may notice it is stiff and sore when you wake up in the morning but this eases after a short time.

This problem generally hangs around for quite a while and without treatment can get considerably worse causing you to stop using your arm for painful tasks. This is obviously not ideal day-to-day but will lead to weakness and further problems if not addressed.

If you think you may have “tennis elbow” or are suffering with any type of ache or pain it is best to get checked by an expert. 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