Tennis / Golfers Elbow

Though commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow, these injuries are caused by the inflammation of the tendons and muscles in the forearm, and as such is a form of tendonitis. These particular muscles are used to bend the wrist back, causing the palm to be face up or down. The Forearm muscles become overused, bringing on the inflammation and pain.

Does tennis elbow only affect tennis players?

No. Another sport where tennis elbow can be a common problem with players is golf, and consequently is sometimes referred to as golfer’s elbow. The symptoms and pain are similar in this case, the difference being that any swelling appears on the inside of the elbow, because the arm, muscles and tendons are used differently in the repetitive movement of the golf swing. For instance, a left-handed golfer will feel the pain in his/her right elbow, as pulling the club through the swing with the right arm causes the inflammation and discomfort. Tennis elbow can also affect weightlifters and baseball players.

The symptoms of tennis and golfers elbow?

  • Swelling on the outside of the elbow (or inside, in terms of golfer’s elbow)
  • Tenderness or discomfort around the elbow joint. Pain when moving the elbow joint.

The usual treatments for tennis elbow include complete rest of the arm, the application of ice packs, and an elbow support or wrist-splint in order to assist the healing process and encourage rest of the tendons.

How can tennis elbow be prevented?

A cure for tennis elbow can have as much to do with technique as medical treatment. A tennis player can learn to position his/her feet in order to put the full weight of the body behind a shot without putting too much stress on the elbow, muscles and tendons of the racquet-bearing arm. Learning the correct body position for a shot can drastically reduce the stress on the elbow, as the player is using the weight and strength of the body rather than the arm.

Premier physiotherapists can provide a variety of treatments, help you understand your problem, get you back to your normal activities and give advice on how you can prevent symptoms returning in the future