Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition in which the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and inflamed. It is one of the most common injuries we see at Physiotherapy London.  Most commonly through overuse or overload, the tendon at the elbow becomes injured. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.

One way to help treat minor or acute cases of tennis elbow is to simply rest the affected arm. The rest allows it to recover, and over a couple of days the pain usually settles.

From more persistent or chronic cases, physiotherapy is the treatment of choice.  The pain associated with Tennis Elbow can be severe, but most cases resolve with non-operative physiotherapy treatment in a few weeks.

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Pain can often be reduced even before you have your first appointment. Over the counter medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation (consult your pharmacist first).

Ice can can also help reduce muscle spasm and pain.

If the pain hasn’t resolved within a couple of days it is important to seek the input of a good physiotherapist. So Get In Touch to make an appointment.

The physiotherapy treatment of Tennis Elbow is fairly straightforward. The most important thing is to identify the cause of the problem. This can usually be done with clinical tests without the need for any scans.

Treatment will usually consist of manual therapy techniques to reduce specific areas of tightness and spasm. We may also use trigger point massage or dry needling.  In very chronic cases Shockwave therapy can be used at our Canary Wharf clinic.  Importantly you will be shown specific exercises to help condition and strengthen the injured tendon.

An initial assessment and treatment is 1 hr. Any further sessions are usually 30 minutes. Most patients need only 4-6 sessions over 6-8 weeks to resolve the problem. (However we can be more specific after you have been assessed)

The goal of physiotherapy is to reduce your pain and improve your movement. We use techniques that most patients find very comfortable and pain relieving.

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