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STRUGGLING WITH TENNIS ELBOW?

 Information about the condition of Tennis Elbow is below:

  • Also known as lateral epicondylalgia and lateral elbow pain.
  • Commonly affects the common extensor tendon in the forearm, which functions to hold the wrist still during gripping and hand functions. 
  • Often exacerbated with gripping or carrying activities.  
  • History of overload/overuse with gradual onset, however on occasion there may be onset with no definable history. 
  • More prevalent in manual workers / factory workers, or roles that involve repeated tasks. 
  • Duration of symptoms can vary between several weeks and several years and is often seen as a self-resolving condition. 
  • 83% of cases resolve within a 12 month period, although residual symptoms can often persist. Timescales can vary between individuals.  
  • Exercise and loading of the tendon are proven to be the best treatment for tennis elbow.
Advice
  • Rest and modify your activities to avoid excess gripping or repeated wrist bending activities (this may involve changing activities at work etc.) 
  • Use pain relief medication such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen as tolerated to ease your pain and symptoms. (Please see your GP/Pharmacist if considering starting a new analgesia medication). 
  • When carrying items, keep your elbows close to your body and carry with palm facing upwards.  
  • Use an epicondyle clasp as required for short term relief as this can unload the tendon short term. You can use the clasp whilst undertaking the below exercises, as this may help with some of the pain. 
  • Injections are noted to provide short term benefit for pain, however they do not resolve the underlying tendon issue and long term they have poor outcomes and relapses of pain are very common (NICE Guidelines 2017).  

A progression of loading exercises are required and described in the exercise attachment here  our youtube video also shows how these exercises should be done is below.

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.

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