‘’Pain & Swelling in the Elbow….. do you think you may have tennis elbow’’
Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is a condition that often causes pain around the outside of the elbow. It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscle and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint.
It is most common within occupational work related environments where repetitive stress takes place on the lateral side of the elbow. Despite the name the injury is not commonly seen in tennis players.
Tennis Elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles that attach to your elbow and are used to straighten your wrist. If the muscles and tendons are strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop near the outside of your elbow.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms to be reported, pain is usually exacerbated with repetitive action involving the wrist and elbow.
Other symptoms are:
- Weakness opening doors
- Carrying shopping bags
- Lifting the kettle
A physiotherapist will correctly diagnose the injury because neck pain and radical nerve entrapment may also mimic Tennis Elbow.
Here at Swinton Physiotherapy a physiotherapist will use a hands approach in order to reduce pain and Inflammation in the local area. You will be provided with advice and rehabilitation in order to alleviate the problem and prevent it from becoming recurrent.
If you have any of the above symptoms and require treatment or quite simply want some more information, Please contact Jonathan or Alex at Swinton Physiotherapy.