Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis) is a condition that puts a lot of racquet sports players out of action. But contrary to the name you do not necessarily have to play tennis to have symptoms of tennis elbow. It is also quite common in office workers using the mouse or any profession that uses a lot of wrist action to experience the same type of pain.
Why does it happen
A big group of your wrist extensor muscles (muscles that extend or bend your wrist back) attaches commonly at a bony area on the outside of your elbow. Combination of repetitive action and weak muscles can start to overload the tendon that attaches to the bone. Consequently this leads to inflammation of the tendon and it can start affecting your everyday activities (even washing your hands, shovelling, opening jars...etc.)
Pain on the outside part of your elbow playing racquet sports
Stinging sensation on the elbow
Pain in the elbow typing or using the mouse
Tenderness on the outer part of the elbow
At Physio Room Pymble our Physiotherapist will be able to assess your injury and give you the correct diagnosis. Treatment can involve analysing what factors in your life can be contributing to your injury and making changes to make sure we can prevent further aggravation, exercises to strengthen the muscle, dry needling, stretching, looking at your technique, prescription of braces and more!