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Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow
What is Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow?The elbow is at risk for injury in many activities and often ones that you perform in your daily life such as gardening, computer work and household duties. Not all Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow occur due to playing those specific sports though it is considered a ‘sports injury’! The elbow tendon on the outside is often referred to as ‘tennis elbow’ and the tendon on the inside of your elbow if referred to as ‘golfers elbow’. These can both be injured through overuse, poor gripping technique, weakness in both the forearm and shoulder muscles, or through trauma.
Elbow tendinopathy is common in overhead sports as well as any repeated manual tasks of reaching or lifting and using tools with an outstretched arm. Elbow tendon tears can occur if the tendons are overloaded with both repetitive tasks or a sudden movement. The elbow tendons are also susceptible to the process of aging. As we get older, the elbow tendons can slowly degenerate and weaken. They can however respond to specific exercises and altering the way you use your elbow which our practitioners can guide you through.
How long will it last?Recovery from elbow tendon Injury depends on the severity of the injury. In most cases of tendon pain, a conservative program of physiotherapy guided exercises and massage therapy/myotherapy will be suggested to help improve the pain associated with the injury. Your practitioner at The Sports Injury Clinic will recommend you see a Sports Physician or your GP for further investigations if pain persists for greater than 6 weeks from the start of treatment.
SymptomsThe symptoms of tennis elbow and golfers elbow are:
- Pain or aching in the outside or inside of the elbow often referring down the side of the arm into the muscle bellys.
- Pain that is aggravated by lifting with an outstretched arm or twisting the elbow. Pain with gripping that is specifically in the elbow.
- Pain at rest after using the elbow.
- Weakness with grip for normal daily tasks.
Suggestions for managing Elbow Tendon Injury
- Staying active as advised by your physiotherapist and modification of how you use your elbow. The practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic will show you ways of improving how you can use your elbow and improving the posture of how you may be using your entire arm. Keeping your shoulder back and your thumb pointing ‘up’ with lifting and gripping is a good start!
- Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your elbow posture in the early stage. This assists in teaching you how to use the correct muscles and assists in reducing pain in the elbow tendons.
- Gentle exercises to strengthen the forearm muscles as well as the shoulder may be required.
- If you have been injured at work or in sport, our practitioners have approved conditioning programs that will get you back on track sooner with your tailored exercise plan for your elbow tendon injury. Your physiotherapist may also recommend Hand Therapy, Massage Therapy or Acupuncture to assist in reducing pain and improving movement
- Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations if your elbow injury does not respond in our suggested time frames.