Tennis and Golfers Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is the common name for over loading of the attachment of the wrist and finger extensor muscles on the outaside of the elbow. This common attachment can be overloaded from activities other than tennis, and generally you will feel pain on activities which rely on gripping, lifting or twisting.

The pain can sometimes spread down the forearm and cause tingling in the fingers. In some cases there will even be associated neck and shoulder pain.

The cause is varied but usually involves overloading of the muscles in strong one off action leading to sudden sharp pain, or repetitive loading which will lead to a gradual increase in pain.

Most Tennis Elbow problems can be treated by a physiotherapist. This treatment will usually include release of the muscle trigger points, both manually and with acupuncture, to aid the healing process, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises.

In some cases treatment may also be performed on the neck and shoulder to relieve nerve tension, which can lead to Tennis Elbow by causing muscle weakness. The exercises your physiotherapist gives you form an important part of your treatment program. Strengthen the weak muscles and loosen the tight ones.

Sometimes a steroid injection can help break the cycle of stubborn Tennis Elbow.

Some Tennis Elbows which do not respond to other treatments may have an operation to release the scar tissue on the muscle attachment. This is generally only done as a last resort if all other methods have failed.

Regardless of the degree of Tennis Elbow you are experiencing or the ultimate treatment required, physiotherapy can help by relieving pain, increasing function, and speeding up your recovery.

If you have pain over the elbow feel free to contact Thamesway physio and get one of our highly skilled therapists to help you get it sorted.

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Golfers Elbow

Golfers Elbow is the common name for over loading of the attachment of the wrist and finger flexor muscles on the inside of the elbow. This common attachment can be overloaded from activities other than tennis, and generally you will feel pain on activities which rely on gripping, lifting or twisting.

The pain can sometimes spread down the forearm and cause tingling in the little finger. In some cases there will even be associated neck and shoulder pain.

The cause is varied but usually involves overloading of the muscles in strong one off action leading to sudden sharp pain, or repetitive loading which will lead to a gradual increase in pain.

Most Golfers Elbow problems can be treated by a physiotherapist. This treatment will usually include release of the muscle trigger points, both manually and with acupuncture, to aid the healing process, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises. A brace can also be helpful.

In some cases treatment may also be performed on the neck and shoulder to relieve nerve tension, which can lead to Golfers Elbow by causing muscle weakness. The exercises your physiotherapist gives you form an important part of your treatment program. Strengthen the weak muscles and loosen the tight ones.

Sometimes a steroid injection can help break the cycle of stubborn Golfers Elbow.

Some Golfers Elbows which do not respond to other treatments may have an operation to release the scar tissue on the muscle attachment. This is generally only done as a last resort if all other methods have failed.

Regardless of the degree of Golfers Elbow you are experiencing or the ultimate treatment required, physiotherapy can help by relieving pain, increasing function, and speeding up your recovery.

If you have pain over the elbow feel free to contact Thamesway physio and get one of our highly skilled therapists to help you get it sorted.