Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a condition that is caused by inflammation in the elbow joint, leading to pain around the bony, outer side of the elbow.  The part of the joint affected is called the lateral epicondyle.  The pain caused by Tennis Elbow is a result of the lateral epicondyle rubbing against tendons, leading to swelling and irritation in the joint. The condition takes its name from the repetitive strain injury associated with playing tennis, however any repetitive movement of the tendons and muscles in the forearm can cause it.  Golfers Elbow is a similar condition that affects the inner side of the elbow.


The symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:

  • Ÿ  Pain on the outer side of the elbow
  • Ÿ  Pain on the outside of the upper forearm which re-occurs
  • Ÿ  Pain which shoots up and down the arm, particularly towards the wrist
  • Ÿ  Pain from gripping, bending your arm, twisting your arm, lifting or carrying
  • Ÿ  Difficulty in extending the forearm
  • Ÿ  Weakness in the wrist
  • Ÿ  Stiffness in the elbow which gradually worsens
  • Ÿ  Compensatory joint or muscle pains in other parts of the body


Tennis elbow can last for between six months and a year but recovery can often be within a year.  It is treated by identifying the strain that caused the injury and finding ways to prevent the damage occurring again.  Initially the injury should be rested, kept cold and the affected area supported.  Chiropractic techniques can be used to treat Tennis Elbow, particularly to assist with reducing swelling, gently increasing movement and increasing blood flow in the effected joint to speed the recovery process.


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