Physiotherapy Clinics (Cheshire) Ltd.

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Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow

tennis elbow treatment

The most common causes of elbow pain are tennis elbow and golfers’ elbow.  Interestingly, approximately 95% of people who suffer with these conditions usually do not play either of these sports! 

Both tennis elbow and golfers’ elbow both involve straining certain tendons in the forearm, which can lead to tiny tears and inflammation around the tendons’ attachment at your elbow joint.  Both are common, and can occur with overusing the muscles, particularly if the muscles are not used to doing a certain activity e.g. gardening, DIY, performing a new sport. 

The difference between tennis and golfers’ elbow is the particular tendons involved.  Tennis elbow produces pain on the outer side of the elbow joint over the bony bump (known as the ‘lateral epicondyle’), whereas golfers’ elbow refers to the bony area on the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle).

Causes of tennis / golfer’s elbow:

  • Overuse or ‘repetitive strain’ (most common) – occupations or sports involving repetitive, strenuous work of the forearm muscles.
  • Direct trauma to the elbow such as a ‘knock’ or fall.


Physiotherapy for tennis / golfer’s elbow:

Various physiotherapy treatments are available to treat your elbow pain. Following assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss the most appropriate treatment options for your condition or injury. Treatments might include:

Manipulation and mobilisation – to ease stiffness and restore movement in the joints.
Deep transverse friction massage – alleviating tension in painful muscles and tendons as well as encouraging circulation.
Acupuncture – for pain relief and relaxation of muscle tension.
Exercise therapy – to stretch and strengthen tendons and muscles.


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