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Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

It refers to an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow.

Can physiotherapy help people with tennis elbow?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of tennis elbow. A Physiotherapist will carry out a comprehensive examination and ascertain the diagnosis, as well as, provide corresponding treatment.

What are the causes of tennis elbow?

It is caused by repetitive movements common in the following:

  • People who play sports such as tennis, racquetball, squash

  • Activities such as fencing and weight lifting

  • Jobs such as carpentry, typing, painting, raking and knitting

  • Poor techniques

  • Excessive gripping and wringing activities

  • Tight muscles

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

  • Pain felt on the outside of the elbow, particularly when making wrist movements or gripping objects

  • Pain is present with activity and absent with rest

  • Pain may be constant, lasting longer and occurring with small movements as the condition progresses

  • Night pain

  • Stiffness in the elbow and forearm

  • Muscle weakness

  • Numbness and pins and needles

  • Simple tasks such as lifting a cup can become painful when the condition progresses

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