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Tennis and Golfers Elbow

Stuart Fossella - Saturday, November 24, 2012 | Comments (0)
Posted 7 years ago
image highlighting damaged tendon causing tennis elbow

Tennis and Golfers Elbow

Tennis and golfers elbow are the commonly used terms used to describe overuse injuries affecting the elbow. You don’t actually need to have played either sport to get the injury. Repetitive activity or manual tasks can put strain on tendons located at the elbow.

Damage comes about because of trauma, inflammation, micro tears or because of general degeneration of the tissues. Occasionally nerves are involved in pain generation

Check out the following link for a 3D image of the muscles of the elbow joint, and further information about them below the image Healthline

Tennis elbow is associated with the muscles and tendons that lift the back of the hand up. Located on the outside of the elbow.

Golfers elbow is associated with the muscles on the inside of the elbow which pull the palm of then hand upwards when the palm is facing up.

Clinical Signs

  • Patients will usually complain of pain at the forearm muscles of the outside or inside of the elbow.
  • Patients can report of weakness in gripping, lifting and twisting activities.
  • Symptoms can occur after ‘overdoing’ activities or after doing new tasks for the first time.


  • In the early stages of the condition the goal of treatment will be aimed towards reducing inflammation and pain.
  • This can be achieved with the Rest Ice Compression & Elevation treatment, Acupuncture, soft tissue release, bracing, taping and activity modification.
  • In the latter stages of treatment we will aim to restore pain free function of the wrist by using joint mobilising and strengthening exercises, and treatment of the upper back and education.


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